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EROSION

The concept in my recent work of abstract landscapes is the idea of damage, erosion, or wear of life creating new forms that would otherwise not have existed. In nature, when erosion works as intended it creates striking formations like sandstone arches and fertile soil where none was before. On the other hand, human interference like deforestation and global warming can create overactive erosion, leading to flooding and other disasters. I think the duality of the effects of erosion is mirrored in human life and relationships as well. Sometimes “erosion” in a person’s life can make way for a beautiful change they could have never imagined. The ending of a friendship could open the door for healthier, stronger relationships—much like fertile soil being moved downstream. In the same way, trauma can chip away at a person much like flowing water forming dramatic rock formations over hundreds of years. The result is beauty from and in spite of hardship—beauty in survival. Alternatively, sometimes destruction in life is more like overactive erosion. Sometimes all that is left by damage is an absence, itself a monument to what was, an unpleasant scar demanding recognition for loss. My work utilizes imagery of erosion as a force of both destruction and creation, abstracted and fractured to mimic the complexities of these natural processes in the human experience.

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Burning Landscape

21” x 28”

 

Mixed Media (Monotype, Intaglio, found paper, fabric, pumice) Collage on Cabinet Door. 

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Sunrise on a Lonely Planet

10” x 28”

 

Mixed Media (Monotype, paint, pumice) collage on Cabinet Door.

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Inner Reality of an Outer Avalanche 

16.5” x 28”

 

Mixed Media (Monotype, Paint Chips, Paint, Pumice) Collage on Cabinet Door.

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