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Raedecker’s paintings show alienated landscapes, devoid of human or animal presence. Using thread, wool and other textiles, he produces layered surfaces with a wide range of textures. While beautiful, Raedecker’s enigmatic images are also strangely unsettling. His sombre colours – cool greys, muted blues, beiges and greens – create a melancholy mood. The absence of figures and lack of a clear narrative generates a feeling of anxious expectation, undermining the banality of his suburban iconography.

September 2008