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Floods Aftermath and Other Hurricane Stories II, 2020, acrylic and house paint on polyethylene blue tarp, 96 × 72 in; 243.8 × 182.9 cm each © Lionel Cruet, 2020. Image by Lionel Cruet Studio

Flood Aftermath and Other Hurricane Stories II

Floods Aftermath and Other Hurricane Stories II is a series of paintings on blue tarps, depicting vernacular houses in a landscape where the atmosphere and the ground are treated to make reference to the effects of Hurricanes and heavy floods. The most recent paintings in the series are comprised of four, created in 2020. They offer a continuation of the ones from 2015, representing a new chapter in the series. The imagery in these paintings draws attention to brushstrokes that simulate landslides or sinkholes, as well as an atmospheric treatment on the superior portion that suggests cloudy skies. Despite having the same title, the paintings reference the compelling stories of loss during natural disasters and raise questions about the future of climate and how we can envision resilience. The series also raises questions about the production of the tarps and who the benefactor is. These are the questions the artworks aim to open up for the viewer.