Rowena Comrie's latest figurative paintings pursue the
concept of the sublime using flight as her subject.
The mid 18th century philosopher Edmund Burke wrote:
"Terror is in all cases whatsoever the ruling principle of the
The sublime has roots in an 18th century idea but the artist
doesn't use it to paint 18th century subjects. As a concept she is
concerned with the use of art as a way of realising the human
emotions of terror and wonder: "it is not my painting's role to act
as an illustration of contemporary events but instead to comment
critically by summarising and symbolising it into, I hope, a witty
visualisation of the modern sublime."
The artist sees these works as contemporary examples of the 18th
century idea of the sublime, portraying drama, terror, excitement
and danger: using Flight as an explicit metaphor for the sublime,
as an example of the sublime transcending the limits of the human