Luca Feldman<br/>
<em>Potts Country</em> 2020<br/>
oil and spray paint on canvas<br/>
101.5 x 152.5 cm<br/>
Belmont High School, Belmont	<br/>
© Luca Feldman<br/>

Layers of oil paint, and organic curves that clash with red angular lines, hint at a violence simmering beneath the surface of Luca Feldman’s work. Potts County is also the name of the setting for Jim Thompson’s crime novel, Pop. 1280, involving a wayward sheriff playing by his own rules. The work is enclosed by a dark blue border, as if it were a postcard from the troubled town. Feldman used literature as escapism throughout the COVID-19 restrictions of 2020, and took inspiration from Thompson’s imagination.