The Winter of Man
8th – 31st July 2004
Anna Schwartz Gallery
‘…Before it can ever be a repose for the senses, landscape is a work of the mind. Its scenery is built up as much from strata of memory as from layers of rock’. (1) For Booth, the winter landscape is one of serenity and the promise of renewal. It reminds us of the resilience of nature and is a metaphor for human endurance against the physical and psychological trials of life. Snow provokes in Booth a similar meditation to that of Gabriel in James Joyce’s Dubliners, whose soul swoons as he hears ‘the snow falling faintly through the universe, and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead’. (2)
Excerpt from Jason Smith, Peter Booth: Human / Nature, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2003, p. 14.
(1) Simon Schama, Landscape and Memory, Fontana Press, London, 1996, pp. 6 – 7.
(2) James Joyce, ‘The Dead’ in Dubliners, Panther Books, London, 1977, p. 201.