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Cypress Isle (Maria)

Deborah Walker
Oil on linen • 90 × 120 cm

An island for me embodies mythical memories. Be it from ancient times of gods like Ariadne symbolically left sleeping on its shores or the romantic narratives of the furthest reaches of the world. Living on a large mainland island and then imagining a smaller island inside another island like Maria, reminds me of the Russian Matryoshka dolls that continue to reveal more. I think of the Darlington Reserve on Maria as being the final tiny doll ultimately revealed.