After winning the GALEX Purchase Prize, I was musing about the raven work and remembering how fun it was to build the "ground" out of pieces of topo map. So... I decided to make some work where I pieced together entire landscapes using three different prints of the same image with several Photoshop filters applied to it – altering the look and brightness/darkness. First I made one wrapped around canvas of a hillside in Montana – "Blank Space in History." The second one I made by adhering canvas to wood panel and adding squares and rectangles of canvas on top of that in the foreground before adding the torn images of the hay bales – "After the Storm." The third one has a layer of canvas on panel, another layer of the Pikes Peak mountain shape, and more canvas pieces where the trees are – "Obscured by Clouds." The "lumpy layers" of canvas on the two panel ones show up when viewed at an angle or the light hits them – the mountain shape really shows up then! Click on the images to see them bigger; comments appreciated!
Ever since a trip to western Montana in May, 2009, my artwork has had photography as its base. At first, I made several digitally altered variations of my photos (giving the images a painterly, sketchy or scratched look) and tore or cut the prints into rectangles to layer up imagery. Then one day I had the idea of running my prints through a paper shredder and building up the scene in those narrow strips of paper. I now cut the strips by hand, allowing me to vary the width and to keep the imagery organized. Sometimes I add in pieces of handmade papers, topographical maps, or fragments from old ledger books to further abstract the scene. I’m moving from a photographic documentation of a place at a particular time, to an impression of a place that is timeless ... more of a memory or a feeling of the space.
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