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Attraction to Decay

“Verlassenes Schwimmbad” [Abandoned Pool] Acryl/Öl/Leinw, H100 x B100, 2012

There is something quietly reverential about happening upon an abandoned space — a boarded-up house, an old swimming pool (see above), or even just perusing through someone else’s things at an estate sale. Some people imagine what kind of life someone might have had before; they make up stories about who lived in that house or who swam in that pool. I’m not one of those people. I find a peculiar arcane sensation in simply knowing that someone was there before.

As a swimmer, I am especially drawn to the above painting by Carola Schapals, who was recently featured on the art blog The Jealous Curator (which is how I found it).

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