Peter Clarke (1929 - )
Nicolaas Maritz

mixed media
50 x 35cm

The world he creates is one of quiet intensity. The earth turns. Life goes on while
you find yourself a curious traveler-observer in framed landscapes & seascapes,
segments of a world of exotic strangely almost familiar vistas, plants, fruits,
animals, insects.

Sometimes dark clouds, heavy full breasted, hang overhead with a suggestion of the
promise of fat drops of cooling rain. Below these clouds parched mountain peaks
& landscape gripped by the silence of drought wait expectantly for relief.

Lone figures are glimpsed, in passing, going almost furtively about their various
tasks, their presence & passage marked perhaps only by strange fish left drying
in the wind, burning candle, open matchbox, flower vases, a tea pot & cup & saucer
waiting. Waiting. Waiting - but for what? For whom?

Distantly the moon rises. A ship on the horizon passes on its way to some far-
away destination or, improbably, sails into the desert.

All this is the real world, a mirror-image, transformed into a different kind
of fantasy, a little ridiculous, but nevertheless all seemingly within reason.

2005 Michael Stevenson. All rights reserved.