Image of a painting by Lynn Parotti

Green Fuse

Drawing upon the Dylan Thomas poem from which the exhibition borrows its name, Parotti’s oil paintings comment on the flow of energy which drives not only life, but simultaneously destruction. Her colour-saturated views of river cityscapes at night are described by rushes of electric light abstracted in oils. “I have always used water to describe concepts,” she says. “Water is a metaphor for the moral energy of people, time and place.” For her, the Thames is a powerful way of exploring ongoing themes of the temporality of life and her new works allude to the energy crisis and the fragility of our surroundings. These concerns bring Dylan Thomas’s poem to life in a new way, and highlight the contemporary relevance of his “green fuse”: that which fuels and delights us will also be our fall.