"I've seen Astana"

International Plein Air, Astana, Kazakhstan, Art Residency 2008

In 2008 I was invited by the Kazakh Government to participate in a week's residency to celebrate the 10th birthday of their capital Astana. I was required to produce two pieces of work to go into the City's Art Collection. I also documented the trip (including a visit to the Aral Sea) that became a piece called 'Eternal Wide Blue Sky'. The blue is similar to that of the Kazakhstan Flag. Traditionally this represented the 'Sky God' a more recent interpretation is that it represents Kazakhstan's broad skies and freedom.