DAZZLE + DISRUPT
27 March – 13 June 2021
West Gallery, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight
‘Dazzle + Disrupt draws inspiration from historical Dazzle camouflage and its relationship to the Island’s maritime heritage.
Dazzle was invented in 1917 by marine artist Norman Wilkinson. Wilkinson’s ‘Dazzle’ designs were used to disrupt and disorientate German U-boats at sea during the First World War by painting British and Allied ships in striking geometric patterns. By the end of the First World War thousands of merchant ships and hundreds of naval vessels had been ‘Dazzled’ in what constituted the world’s largest public art and design display.
Traxler explores the concept of perspective and spatial awareness in her newly commissioned works alongside an exploration of materials from cut paper drawings to vitreous enamelled steel and hand painted wood sculptures.’
Georgia Newman, 2021
Visual Arts Manager, Quay Arts
Images Julian Winslow and David Whistance