PINEA LINEA DE COSTA, SPAIN 2018
EXHIBITION AT THE END OF MY RESIDENCY WITH PINEA LINEA DE COSTA
This piece is slightly surreal, as is the nature of Rota and the 'locals' place in this multifaceted Westernised European fishing village. This is a drawing made in felt of the owner of the Chinese restaurant across the street from the Pinea Linea De Costa studios in Rota, Spain where I have been doing a residency for a month now. His business is a byproduct of the westernisation of Rota which has occurred relatively recently due to the enormous U.S naval base that infiltrated the historic centre in the past few years. The base has brought in a wave of American marines who now reside in this once tiny, self sustaining village. With them has come America's rapid commercialism which has erupted around the historical centre, through business such as this mans which has had a multitude of effects on the lifestyle and economy of the locals. One of which, is the new desire in the secluded town for Chinese food and the ability for this man to support his family in a new place.
His restaurant is overtly patriotic to a country he tells me that he has never been to - covered in US navy emblems, placed deliberately at eyesight around the restaurant, the restaurant omits a concerning strangeness - a strangeness that is ripe within all that I have seen whilst I have been in this small town.