Themes of solitude, tranquillity and emotional isolation run through Michael Raedecker’s work. In his paintings, Raedecker conceives nature as an idealised environment, both as a luxurious privilege of escapism and a sinister realm of the foreign. In deep, he paints a fragmented view of a lake. The solid steely blue surface seduces in its rich colour, the texture of ripples is formulated by painting over stitched designs. Michael Raedecker fabricates this scene with attenuate sensitivity to the painting’s surface, as if trying to postpone the inevitable thought of what lies beneath.