White Shark II
One of my concerns with these paintings is the way we interact with the displays in museums. To my way of thinking, the new institutions tend to be fairly sterile and lack the atmosphere of their predecessors. Perhaps it’s the Victorian air and approach that I miss- the sense of viewing a collection of objects seemingly chosen as much for their inherent aesthetic appeal as anything else. The new breed of museum sometimes seems to suck all the mystery and wonder out of proceedings.
In this case, the cleaner is literally being overshadowed by one of the most awesome (in the true sense of the word) products of the natural world and yet remains oblivious.