Which direction should it drop?



Taking a two-pronged approach, Ralph presents a series of small paintings of dark clouds that hint at a situation not quite right, and draws on narrative painting – subverting the usual sympathy for the human animal by redirecting it towards a stricken planet and its other inhabitants.

Clouds in landscape painting are sometimes used as a reminder of the power of nature, or a presence that is greater than the human animal. Ralph’s clouds are solitary; they are dirty, not wondrous; entities with their own agency. The narrative paintings are intentionally melodramatic. There is a kitsch reworking of classical narrative tropes, contrasted against the contemporary issue of anthropogenic environmental destruction. The viewer is to decide whether the figures’ emotional reactions are overblown or fitting.


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Dimensions 30 × 30 cm

Oil on canvas