I made a few landscapes last month that were all rectangles and decided to do another. I digitally moved some MT horses into this pasture, made three sets of prints – all with different digital effects – and then cut rectangles out of the prints to piece together the landscape. I like how some of the rectangles appear to recede or advance due to their value and how the differing digital treatments have altered the trees and shrubs. (This is a 30" x 10" canvas.)
I decided to take the leftover pieces and make a new landscape where nothing quite lines up so that the scene is more abstracted. I had done this once before with a scene that had a lake in it and wanted to see if it would work without the water reflection aspect. (This is a 12" x 12" cradled panel.)
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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