After seeing the aftermath and devastation of the Tsunami in Sendai, Japan, on 13th March 2011, on the national news over the weekend, I wanted to do some drawing about it. Some may see this as in poor taste, or in it for the cash, but for me currently, it is a way of researching into the goings on. I have been appalled by what has happened, how in the end nature can completely destroy our civilisation. As human beings at the top of the food chain, natural disaster is our main enemy. In recent years, whether you believe in Global Warming or the natural cycle of our Earth's climate, one thing is certain, the weather is evolving. There have been more extreme forms of weather and more natural disasters creating global crisis.
I have always been interested in geography with particular attention to weather: hurricanes and tornadoes. I think it was after seeing Twister, and feeling terrified, yet compelled to watch. Sometimes our worst fears, are the things that intrigue us the most.
Therefore, I have looking at images of Sendai on NASA's website and other news sites, and doing tracings. I have been focusing on the flood damage and the change to our environment , i.e. the shift in shoreline. This has prompted ideas about looking at other floods, natural disasters, and melting caps. In recent years, the environment has become a hot topic as it threatens our way of life. And so, I am interested in the recent horrors in Japan for its effect on our planet. I am approaching the subject from a political environmental stance.
Jennifer Letchet Paintings
My work explores fundamental elements of painting, the relationship between colour and line. I intend my paintings to affect the viewer optically with the illusion of shapes moving and receding. Colour theory is very important to my work. I use specific hues to symbolise ideas or emotions. The contained shapes on canvases seem more like objects than lines. My recent work explores natural and man-made disasters and the impact this has on our environment. I want to record the changing landscape through simplified shapes and colours.