My work is located at the nexus of art and geography, a historical intersection in western art history that began in the 16th century with the advent of landscape painting and cartography. As a field, landscape painting holds a diminished place in contemporary art. The consensus being that it reached its zenith of influence in the western world between the 17th and 19th centuries and then declined with the onset of modernism. My current work is in dialog with not only contemporary art practices but also social and political geography and rejects the notion that landscape painting cannot provide a critical narrative and social mirror. Place and identity are intimately bound in human experience, and provide a union fecund in positive and negative potentialities such as community, a sense of place and belonging, geographic and civic pride, along with geographic chauvinism and potentially violent nationalism and regionalism.
CATEGORIES: Painting, Drawing, Textiles