Taking its title from a basin on the moon, Mare Insularum proffers an otherworldly rendering of a solitary head framed by the sea. The setting mirrors that of other nighttime scenes, think Way or Mångata, focusing here on the subject's face in moonlight. Green, blue, and purple brushstrokes convey both light and texture, bearded stubble and hair. The seafoam green used to create the effect of light on the water likewise brings interest and depth to the subject's eyes.
"Benjamin Degen: In Waves," Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC, 12 March 2020 - 24 July 2020.