Because much of the glued material in the SRIKS is picked up on Kingerlee's travels or salvaged from parcels and envelopes, the finished works allude to journeys, real and imagined. The present work features a piece of brown wrapping paper bearing an Eire post stamp for €4.80. Just to the right, images of a dove and Picasso's portrait belong to a Russian postal souvenir sheet from 1981 (the centenary of Picasso's birth).
In The Harbour paint and collage combine seamlessly, each medium registering the physical actions of the artist. The dynamism of the gestures evokes the activity of boats with their sails and rigging, whilst the blue paint could be the water within the harbour. Such an interpretation makes biographical sense, for Kingerlee's studio is in the small West Cork town of Skibbereen, meaning 'little boat harbour.'
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