When I start to write there are some themes which keeps popping up from my subconsciousness. One of these themes could be labelled sea-voyages, or expeditions to remote places. When writing I often find my self (imaginary) lost in the most faraway places of the world.
My fascination for The Arctic and Antarctica, and for empty spaces, is related to this subconscious drive. And so is, I believe, my interest for writers and artists such as; Annie Dillard, Judith Schalansky, Rebecca Solnit, Thoreau and Tacita Dean.
Here is a work by Dean:
Tacita Dean, The Roaring Forties: Seven Boards in Seven Days (Board 4) 1997
© Tacita Dean, courtesy Frith Street Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery
Tacita Dean’s The Roaring Forties: Seven Boards in Seven Days (1997) is composed of seven eight-foot-square blackboard panels bearing white chalk drawings and fragments of written script. They describe the progress of a sea adventure, complete with raging storms, an imperilled crew and an eventual homecoming.
As its full title suggests, the series was made over seven days, with Dean working in situ at The Drawing Center in New York.
The Roaring Forties refers to a zone in the southern Atlantic, between 40° and 50° latitude, infamous for its treacherous winds. The drawings were made at the beginning of 1997, just a few months after Dean completed her breakthrough film, Disappearance at Sea (1996), which she famously related to the ill-fated sea voyage of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst.