This series of paintings, prints and digital images explore a tangential narrative of alternative landscapes that relate to the transformation and disruption of the natural environment. This concept is expressed through the abstraction of the representation of nature as landscape, a translation of nature as an unnatural artifact and as a reflexive symbol which exists in a chronic state of displacement and posited as a lackluster substitute for its original state. My work bridges representation and abstraction as fragmented amalgamations in subject and composition. The imagery is derived from my own photographs, combined with other source materials, such as maps, plats, landscape design motifs, as well as from my dreams, memories and experiences of my rural childhood home in Minnesota. I work in an improvisational manner, developing the compositions through a multi-stage process of layering and collaging material as well as experimenting with interweaving images, forms and color through a use of acrylic-based materials and various application methods. This body of work also reflects my endeavor to understand the complex relationships of this subject with culture and history while embracing the spirit of discovery in the processes of painting and printmaking.
“Landscapes are culture before they are nature; constructs of the imagination projected onto wood and water and rock..but it should also be acknowledged that once a certain idea of landscape, a myth, a vision, establishes itself in an actual place, it has a peculiar way of muddling categories, of making metaphors more real than their referents, of becoming, in fact, part of the scenery." -Simon Schama, Landscape and Memory