This painting has a subtle, prismatic surface that appears to be in a constant state of flux. Like sunlight washing over a landscape, it can appear different in changing light. The painting is named after the landscape of Hofn, a small fishing town in Iceland. To create this work, the artist used layers of oil paint, wax and silicone. Its mirror-like surface allows viewers to imbue it with their own latent emotions as the painting refracts and even peers back.
Carly Burnell’s paintings, made with layers of oil paint, wax and silicone, appear to be in a perpetual state of change. Subtle shifts in color, stroke and transparency create a prismatic effect that captures and reflects light in their topographic vistas and microscopic events. Burnell creates romantic works with mirror-like surfaces that the viewer imbues with their own latent emotions—refracting and peering back at once.