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Michelle McIver, Ripple Effect. Acrylic painting, 90 x 120cm. Courtesy: the artist.
Michelle McIver’s stylized interpretation of New Zealand’s picturesque waterscape captures the tranquillity and everlasting nature of the ocean. Her striking use of jewel-toned shades create depth and a sense of movement. I picture this work in a sundrenched bedroom with timber floors and oversized furniture.
A view of where I would rather be. I would hang this cheerful piece in a kitchen where it will sit alongside the frenetic activity of the spaces while also giving the viewer an opportunity to zone out and admire the ocean. A dark wall would work well with this piece, contrasting with the blues and allowing it to stand out.
I’d like to see this work hung in a room that matches its fresh and contemporary energy. Visualise concrete walls and ceilings with rough-hewn limestone floors. Two oversized tan leather sofas sit opposite each other, divided by a low travertine table. A monstera dips and sways in the gentle afternoon breeze. It’s time to relax.