Mediterranea is a limited edition series of screen prints, based upon a wider body of work Crossings (2015- ongoing). Beginning life as found media images, which are then playfully edited and re-interpreted by a process of painting out and over areas of the original image. The print titles reference idyllic household paint names: “Fare Thee Well, Utopia Beckons, No Boundaries, English Primrose, Sundown, California Dreaming, Adrift at Sea…” Juxtaposed alongside images of the recent Mediterranean migrant ‘crisis’ these romanticized paint names take on new meaning; creating tension and paradoxes between the images and their context. Kwant’s selective re-appropriation of media images seeks to open up a space to question wider narratives. The images once produced for media output have here been edited, and playfully deconstructed, opening up space to question our perception of reality. The work is intended to be grouped in 'sets' creating a multi-layered effect. In this way the work escapes a single perspective allowing a multiplicity of readings and meanings to emerge.
The production of ‘Crossings’ has been kindly supported by The Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces and Seedbed.