A Survey of No Place

This group of paintings constructs a visual representation of an artificial place, a study of an invented land, A Survey of No Place. Based on fabricated maquettes modeled after my early memories of visits to national parks in the American southwest, these miniature models become monumental as paintings. By re-examining early memories of desolate – yet, curated – landscapes, these paintings unearth feelings of loss and inevitable change. 

I construct the small sculptural references out of play sand, saturated acrylic paint, broken glass, and glue dripping those materials over synthetic armatures of aluminum foil and cellophane. Using colored gels, I light them for a specific time of day. Once photographed and digitally altered, the images serve as a reference for the paintings. In this process of creating an artificial landscape, I am interested in the disparity between these rudimentary cultural references and the final seductive environment. 

These hyper-saturated and romanticized oil paintings deploy photo blur and crisp photoshopped edges to evoke a feeling of “unreality”, of a world where fabricated mountain ranges meet attractive fades and imagined celestial arrangements. As with my memories, the works shift between clarity and haze, retelling and reimaging. A Survey of No Place serves as an examination of indeterminate place and time as a mode of questioning notions of the sublime and idealized landscape.