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Guy Maestri The flood

oil on linen

198.5 x 244 cm

This is a memory painting.

Becoming a parent has made me reflect on my own childhood, and also consider the world we will leave to our kids. For a child growing up near a river, a flood is one of those markers in time. Your childhood timeline is punctuated with memories of these exciting and awe-inspiring spectacles. Floods were a natural cyclical event. Unfortunately, floods now seem more about climate change than spectacle, and I am forced to think about how these current and future ‘weather events’ will punctuate my own child’s memories, and the weather we will bequeath to our kids.

Guy Maestri, 2021