• Genevieve Leavold

Artwork in Focus - Flotsam Series

A Series of 12 small works on paper exploring transparency and soft forms

Painting Alla Prima - Transparent white into Process Black


The word Flotsam means the remnants of a shipwreck -Flotsam are items that resurface from the wreckage and Jetsom are things deliberately cast off a ship.

Over the years Flotsam has taken on other meanings but the central theme is the cast offs, the lost things, the overlooked and abandoned.

I have always loved the sound and feel of this word - and these pieces are a response to this and the the notion of resurfacing thoughts and ideas - abandoned or lost. These soft little forms floating in space.

One of my constant lines of enquiry in my work is the idea of yielding, softness and gentleness - I spoke about it in an earlier post.

These flotsam paintings take that into a question about whether we have abandoned the understanding that softness is also strength.

Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness.” Lao Tsu
9 small blue abstract paintings by Genevieve Leavold artist
Nine of the 12 flotsam paintings