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Patricia Opel and Timothy Norris

As a continuation of our series of collaborative paintings on Great Lakes themes, "Hulls" contrasts the interior framework of a catamaran against the timbers of a nineteenth century schooner. The fin-like structure of the catamaran is based on an image of the Muskegon, Michigan/Milwaukee, Wisconsin cross-lake ferry under construction. Zebra mussels- the bane of the Great Lakes- and barnacles encrust both the new and the old hulls. Mimicking this organic process, the current painting is layered over the surface of several previous paintings- portions of which can be glimpsed.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 4 inches
  • Medium: Acrylic on canvas
  • Width: 72 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 96 inches

About Patricia Opel and Timothy Norris

Timothy Norris and Patricia Opel have collaborated on large-scale paintings for over twenty years. These pieces often utilize Michigan history and Great Lakes shipwreck narratives as conceptual points of departure. Their paintings have been featured in the traveling show "Through a Crack in the Lake" seen at venues throughout Michigan and the Midwest.