I started work on The Catskills Dream series after creating the first collage – The Catskills Visitor. I’d visited New York several times but on one visit, I became intrigued by an area well to the north of it, known as the Catskills. I didn’t go there but I began to research it: stories of […]
He watched the black 4×4 drive into the parking lot just as the sun was setting on the mountains. Obvious out-of-towners. He hated them, but liked their cash. One of the car doors opened and a blonde woman slid out. He spat out his cigarette and leaned over to the window, squinting his black eyes at the woman.
Emma stood standing squinting in the weak twilight, looking around. She brushed down her silk dress and sharply turned, picking up the man peering through the garage window. She smiled slowly. So he was still here then. She doubted he would recognize her now though.
She slowly walked to the garage, swaying and smiling, the weak sunlight behind her. As the door creaked open, she saw him scurry behind the checkout.
“Can I help you miss”
She walked over, glancing down at his blue latex gloves. Didn’t seem quite right; she was sure they looked like medical gloves. He caught her look and quickly shoved his hands below the counter.
“I am looking for Sullivan County. I think we are a bit lost”.
“Er…it isn’t far. Just a couple of more miles up the highway”, he smiled, a long fake smile that barely touched his eyes, keeping his hands out of sight.
She glanced down at the counter and felt a familiar sense of unease.
“Ok, thanks. We will just keep going”. At that, she turned and walked out into the Catskill sunset.
Jeff watched her go, licking the salt off his dry lips. He rubbed the blue gloves together and thought about how she would soon be in the palm of his hand.
NYC Graffiti Wall Fragment represents an interpretation of a graffiti wall fragment from NYC, painted by Scottish female artist, Anna Louise Simpson. This is what she says about the work:
“Fragments of graffiti have always fascinated me as an artist. I grew up with Scottish graffiti scribbled on old wooden desks and it was always something forbidden. Growing up watching American movies and TV, I started to see graffiti used as protest art and street art and it really started to fascinate me.
Following a visit to NYC, I sketched a lot of graffiti wall fragments and really started to understand it’s pivotal place in contemporary art. I found that creating this piece as a fragment on a piece of paper rather than an actual wall, says a lot about our modern culture in Scotland and attitude to such an important genre of modern art. Street art is still forbidden in Scotland and the only outlet for graffiti is still on paper.
However, far from suppressing graffiti art, this propels it right into the heart of contemporary art in Scotland and creates a sub-genre that is very exciting.”
Anna Louise Simpson is a female graffiti artist based in Dean Park Mews, Edinburgh. For more information about her work, please visit www.annasimpsonartist.com