A nude female leads her companion towards the shoreline. Her body is rendered in light, sparkling against the dense brushstroke of land and sea. Formally, Degen’s active brushwork conveys an energy: the ripples of ocean water and light radiating from the stars. This road-like reflection of the moon across the water is called a mångata and appears in several of the artist’s paintings. Here it serves to draw the couple and the viewer alike down a mystical path of the painter’s imagining.
"Benjamin Degen: In Waves," Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC, 12 March 2020 - 24 July 2020.