Ancient Coast Series

Michael Letts's avatar Michael Letts

Ancient Coast carries meanings beyond the obvious landscape reference. Ancient refers to tradition and ritual. Coast functions as a verb, references momentum, slow movement or forces, action and reaction. My paintings reflect a literary tradition. I conceive the series as a sequence of events, with references to English sonnet and haiku, in that I work with structures that remain constant. Narratives fall within the same poetics of nature and romance. The structure and geometry of the landscape where I have lived most of my life, on the shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, is a source for me. The architectural sweep, the intimacy and grandeur intrigue me. I aim to evoke those spaces, and they become an abstract language. With personification of elemental forms, nature becomes human nature. The samples of my work here may be shown individually or as a suite; other work may be created to fit the needs of the venue in terms of scale; I hope to show a triptych from the series, but am open to working with the site and curator. More work can be seen at my website.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: Painting
  • Width: (first image) 60 inches
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: (first image) 38 inches