Plane View (1)

2010, found papers, 37" x 54"

Artist Statement

Sometimes "process" involves more than just putting an image on a page, in that it works to make a picture something more than simply what you see at a glance.  This landscape evokes imagery not literally seen while simultaneously marginalizing the obviously visible. 


While solely illustrating land, for example, the vantage point compels the viewer to imagine sky.  The rectangles of farms rapidly diminish into the distance so that as few as 15 fields occupy the lower rows, while ten times that amount occupy the uppermost rows.  This logarithmic miniaturization subconsciously forces the viewer to consider that the fields will eventually atomize to nothingness and that the very real and obvious will soon evaporate into the unseen.  You see what isn't there.


In contrast, each rectangular field mimics the shape of each other field and all fields together looks like any one field individually.  This fractal interplay permits viewers to believe they see the entire picture when in fact they may only focus on any one part or that they see can each individual field even though they only observe the entire landscape.  You don't see what's there.


Artist's statement, Plane View (2), "Before the First Cut"
Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology, January 2011

Plane View