Susan Stockwell

This body of work featuring boats is a return to earlier concerns of impermanence, fragility, death and a sense of nothingness. The boat metaphor keeps recurring and holds resonance for me especially now with its biblical associations to sirens, fishermen, water, migration and transition. The small money boats are delicate and playful; in mythology boats are symbolic of the transition from the material to the spiritual world and are carriers of our dreams as well as vessels for adventure. By combining boats and money these dream carriers gain other, deeper meanings. On revisiting this work I see how suitable it is to exhibit it now, during the COVID-19 pandemic.