Transendental City
Serene Thain
Collection: DUST 1.3

ink and pencil on canvas
various sizes: total area 1200 x 800mm
image copyright S.Thain

This painting is inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities written in 1970. The book relates the tales that Marco Polo the Venetian traveller shared with the aged Kublai Khan the oriental emperor. Polo painted verbal pictures of the cities he saw in his travels: cities and memory, cities and desires, hidden cities and mystique.

This painting offers an approach to thinking about cities, how they are formed and how they function. There is no intention of creating a utopian city or a hint of one. Rather the intent is to invoke a memory or longing of places in our imagination, places of desire, and places of fantasy.



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Transendental City