white elephant – wareham railway station

White Elephant

white elephant – Wareham Station

A freshly painted white line on the edge of a disused line, the track long since lifted. Nature having taken over. Brambles, banana skins and the obligatory alcohol bottles and fast food wrappers.


The composition of this painting has alternated between using two ‘tracks’ measured out with different intervals (to imply a 2-speed interpretation of ‘progress’) and one track that appears isolated and not particularly joined up with anything except the top and bottom edges of the painting. The latter design prevailed although indications of the other track can be seen in the wide column to the left and the narrow column to the right.

The rendering of the paint has yielded pools of rich, dark blue that seem to bleed from the edges of the frame and the sides of the single track, perhaps expressing something similar to references in the MO to nature advancing and eventually covering all traces of what was there.