Low Tide Collection
by Anne Faith Nicholls
Acrylic, Oil, Enamel and Transfers on Linen
Extra Large, 6 ft x 7ft
Low Tide Collection is a painting about self examination and taking stock of one's life when life's preverbal tide is low. When the tide is low, all things are left out on display- the bad and the good- to be collected or enveloped again by waves.
This is the signature painting, originally debuted at Nicholls' highly lauded debut solo exhibition at San Francisco's Shooting Gallery. A accompanying poem on the show invite read "When the tide is low, there's so much on show, the ebb and flow, of life's highs and lows", referencing this work in particular.
Here the girl takes stock of her home, and remnants left by other inhabitants. She wears a dress of peacock feathers to symbolize a bird like freedom. The flashlight in the foreground symbolically represents shining a light on hidden secrets and the dear represents the shock and surprise that can come with that process, much like a "dear in the headlights". The burning books can be interpreted as a diary, or secrets, burned, and never to be revealed, and the microscope at the top is the ultimate symbol of self examination. You'll notice the word "me" on the microscopes plate. Rain and fire represent distraction, and cleansing of one's past, and the trees pay homage to the artist's northwest roots, and residence in the San Francisco Presidio. The "a" bomb is a secret signature of the artist, Anne Faith Nicholls, and a reference to the Atom Bomb. In the background you see a 1920's style girl searching, symbolically representing one searching for their origins, or discovering where they came from. The cargo ship represents the baggage we bring with us on our journeys, and all we carry from one place to the next.