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These photographs record McLean's attempt to make paintings in which the landscape itself would take an active, creative role. In Seaskape he laid a 150-foot roll of sensitised paper on the shore, intending to 'let the sea make [a] mark, a perfect pure mark, over which I had little control'. However, the paper floated out to sea. For the Rock and Shoreskapes, he placed a 33-foot long sheet of white paper on the rocky shore and applied watercolour paint. Exposed to the elements, the paint ran, and the paper acquired numerous tears and stains.

August 2004