Volga or Yangtze River Boatmen_2018_36in x 36in_oil on masonite_$600 Framed
There are songs that the boatmen who tugged boats up the Yangtze sang. Some of these songs described the specific routes through treacherous rapids.
The Soviets glorified their boatmen who were often social exiles for their toughness. ‘Volga Boatmen’ is a famous nationalist song celebrating them for their ideal Soviet image.
I have merged these stories with an Anton Chekov short story ‘In Exile’ about the desperation and loneliness of Soviet ferrymen.
-Frame has a painted pine spacer (to conserve weight) surrounded by solid cherrywood. Cherry has no stain just a satin polyeurathane.
This is the final piece:
These were a few of the influences: