Nostromos Painting by Emily Elisa Halpern

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Art Description

Painting: Acrylic, Oil on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric), Wood.

Nostromos is a watery scene of a tumultuous seascape or objects moving swiftly through the ominous void of the universe. Things are breaking apart, sinking and floating. The playful, bathtub like objects are childlike but contradicted by the dark palette, downward tilt to the right and mark-making which indicate a sense that all is not well.
When I began this piece, I had something else in mind entirely: I had purchased expensive upholstery fabric with embroidered birds on it and thought I could incorporate the repetitious bird pattern into a painting. However, my intentions were disobeyed by my hand, which had other things in mind. During this battle, the entire surface of the expensive embroidered birds was wiped out and replaced by the scene before you. The title Nostromos, was influenced by the 1904 book Nostromo by Joseph Conrad about corruption and an ill fated sea voyage.
I like this piece because the impression of the birds is still visible close up on the front side. The backside is unblemished and still reveals the birds: a reminder that where there is darkness, there is light and just when you think the world has ended, a little bird may lead you to safety.




Emily Elisa Halpern

United States


Size: 53 W x 71.5 H x 2 in

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