Mixed Media and Landscape Drawings
This body of work examines the landscape, but from a slightly different point of view--the imagery is primarily the result of photographs I've taken as a passenger, either by boat or car. Some of the artworks include the latitude or longitude associated with the location where the photo was taken. I still maintain my love of the environment and enjoy the effect of involuntary memory my images seem to have on viewers.
In terms of materials, the theme of recycling is present but there is an emphasis on mark making and drawing as a means to an end. My husband is a residential builder and renovator and often discovers lath during demolitions. Given my interest in both texture and recycling, it replaced the canvases previously used and became the support for my work. I have been experimenting with drywall mud, plaster, netting, clear gesso and acrylics to create a smooth base to draw upon. The graphite is tricky to fix as the materials are still somewhat porous-- I continue experimenting with ways to preserve them. Layers of fixative are keeping my drawings safe, but they are still somewhat fragile artworks.
I have recently begun to incorporate old wallpaper to add variety to the landscapes and mimic the worn feeling associated with old houses facing demolition. It also helps to enhance the connection to the original purpose of the lath--to function as walls.