With a gestural and impasto approach to oil paint, Jacki McInnes builds her surfaces to the point of relief. She extends this theme in the construction of small sculptural elements made of lead, which are affixed to the surface. Functioning as metaphors, the surface symbolises humanity and the environment’s precarious condition: the dense materiality of paint in relationship to the objects therefore indicate a number of narrative readings. In these romanticised paintings of perilous seas, the small sculptured objects seem to suggest the possibility of escape. And yet, being rendered in lead, they would sink: offering no escape at all. This body of work marks the beginning of Jacki McInnes’s practical research for a PhD in Fine Art. McInnes has practiced variously as an artist, arts writer and curator. She has work in many private and corporate collections in South Africa, including the Hollard Etana House Collection and City of Cape Town Collections. Her work is also in the collections of the Wellesley College in Massachusetts, US, the Christof Merian Foundation in Basel, Switzerland and the Institut Sacatar Collection in Bahia, Brazil.