belonging to the land
Imagined & Remembered Landscapes
Being a colonizer, I live, work and play on stolen lands. I think about this a lot. I know, in this sense, I can't ever truly own any piece of land, but I do feel in a way, that sometimes the land owns me.⠀
Moments of solitary stillness in a wild and natural place have a way of making me feel more whole - of belonging to something bigger, rather than that something belonging to me. This is a feeling I remember first noticing when I was a kid growing up on the farm in Saskatchewan, which is maybe why these moments always feel like coming home to me.
This, in essence, explains the concept behind my landscape work. I hope that for you they capture the same energy I feel in those magical moments when I am belonging to a place and feeling at home with the Earth.
My work in the subject of the landscape is ongoing. My goal is to continue to further abstract how I represent the landscape by digitally enhancing cropped sections of small paintings I have made and re-creating the enhanced versions in large scale analogue work. To see more images from my current 100-day landscape study project and further abstractified/enhanced work in progress, please visit my Instagram profile.