Hondartza Fraga's imaginary seascapes are a contemporary response to the seascapes in The Dutch at Sea exhibition.
Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 25 September 2015–Sunday 25 September 2016
A seascape is a work of art that depicts a view or a representation of the sea. However in the Dutch seascapes of the 17th century, the sea is often only a backdrop to scenes of shipping, naval conflict and trade. The paintings celebrate not the sea but the military and economic power of the Dutch Republic.
This display of drawings, animation and photography by artist Hondartza Fraga is a contemporary response to the seascapes in The Dutch at Sea exhibition. These imaginary sea views explore our understanding of the sea, and give the focus of a seascape back to the sea.
Having grown up beside the sea in north-western Spain, and now land-locked in Leeds, it’s the history of the sea that fascinates Fraga. She observes it from the perspective of old maritime prints, maps and books. One particular book, Ocean Passages for the World, provides the title of this display. The use of a full-stop suggests its knowledge of the sea is complete. Yet the immensity of earth’s oceans remain unknown today.
Still from, Upon a Painted Ocean, Hondartza Fraga, 2015.