Southern Realism by Rachel Wakefield

 

 

 

“Through the use of observation and reference photography I create paintings that feature subjects immersed in bodies of water. Water surrounds the subject and represents the weight and pressure of life, but also makes us feel like we are dreaming — floating and free.”

 

 

“I want to recreate a quiet place where sound is muffled and vision is blurred — capturing those vulnerable moments we keep to ourselves. Though sometimes detailed and complicated, or simple and abstract, these intimate feelings that we have are the most meaningful parts of being.”

 

 – Rachel Ann Wakefield

 

 

The water is symbolic of the dominant weight and pressures of life while also juxtaposing the “floating,” still silence of such submersion.