Edward Pramuk

Levee, 1973
Mixed Media on Canvas
33.50 x 54 in
“Levee” is a painting that confronts the massive earthen dam that protects Baton Rouge. The meandering Mississippi River levee is designed to hold back the murky waters that flow down to New Orleans and the Gulf. Part of life here is to keep track of the rising Spring flood stages created by the snow melt from the Midwest. The band of yellow across the center refers to a memory of a brilliant sunset seen from the Baton Rouge levee as it crested on the Port Allen shoreline. Pressure from above comes from a rectilinear blue shape of water being held back. (Tilting the composition is my way to reflect on the shifting views seen by walking on the levee) I interlocked all the elements to symbolize the engineering of the levee structure. Even so, the thought of so much high water silently drifting South, never leaves my mind.