In my most recent work I imagine a world in the future after the climate has long tipped and there are few traces left of the things we built. The sun is hot, the winds severe and the water high, but the views look glorious. There are only a few survivors left to roam the landscape and look for divine guidance. As for their state of mind, I think of the captives in Plato’s allegory of the cave: Just as they mistake the shadows from the fire behind their backs as signs of the divine, my survivors don't understand what they see . They pray to false Gods, namely to the ones who have caused destruction before: Western Gods-- American Gods of chopped forests and dirty waters. They visually impose patterns (often in the form of dots) as proof to themselves that they “see” the divine. I imagine supernatural beings stand by as silent witnesses and do not interfere on behalf of the humans.
My work does not illustrate or narrate these ideas, but those thoughts are at the heart of the work. I paint the landscapes from the perspective of the survivors, or the supernatural being, the omniscient viewer.
Painting these invented landscapes is as much about climate grief, escapism into a sci-fi world as an act of devotion to the beauty of the natural world, even if no longer viable for us. They are about the human need for myth making when facing vast and wild space alone.
A lifelong of painting to get to this point. I have always been deeply invested in figuration, even if I abstracted space and various elements. I always was interested in the deeper psychology between outer appearance and inner worlds. But I no longer allow myself to look at visual source material while painting in order to rely solely on intuition and process. The work takes longer, as I need many layers of scraped and added paint to finally arrive at a conclusion that seems worth keeping. But this is much more aligned with my reason to paint in the first place . Painting has been my perfect antidote to our technological world. It is my way to insist on a corporeal and unmediated experience with the intangible.