Kim Ondaatje

Shell Oil Refinery

1971
When living in Picton, Ontario, Ondaatje discovered that the white dust covering the vegetation in the forest came from a nearby cement factory that was spewing debris into the air. This was the catalyst for her "Industrial Landscapes" or "Factory" series (1970-74), which deals with the impact of industry on the environment. In this painting her use of hard-edge lines, pale hues and grand scale evokes both the beauty and ominous character of these industrial giants in a highly formal composition that is stripped to its bare essentials.
Artist
Title
Shell Oil Refinery
Date
1971
Medium
Painting
Materials
acrylic with graphite, pieces of canvas, and pressure sensitive masking tape on canvas
Dimensions
182 x 269 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2009
Accession number
42371