Elizabeth Neel

Swamp Dump

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Swamp Dump
Elizabeth Neel
Swamp Dump
2005
Oil on canvas
116.7 x 147.3cm

Swamp Dump depicts the fallout of a gruesome contemporary parable: the 1996 crash of a low-budget American passenger aircraft in the Florida Everglades, a national park thick with sawgrass and populated by crocodiles and snakes. Wreckage, much of it human, was strewn over a huge area, complicating the task of rescuers who were unable to find any trace of victims’ remains for several days. With bold brushstrokes and a predominantly murky palette, Neel portrays the nightime scene of a natural habitat contaminated by man’s macabre intrusion.


     
 


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