From Desert to Sierras, 2018
acrylic and collage on canvas
30 x 40"
This work represents the jarring contrast between the "empty" desert and my familiar Sierra Nevada, and the constant seduction of my soul to certain geographies. How our perceptions are our only internal map of the earth and how certain places feel like home, not by account or story, but merely by their forms, their shadows and colors. Visible light and wavelengths of color - how you can fall in love with light. Turquoise; the color of yearning, the color that holds the renewal and growth of green and borrows the serenity and calm of blue.
Regardless of our decimation of our natural environments, despite the time we now spend in artificial light, the human eye evolved in daylight. In our collective brains, we still carry around a profound and sensory relationship to place. We are tied to the heavens and wired to the landscape. Our voices speak the language of our ancestral cells. And although we are determined to trudge forward with our progress and our technology, it will take time for these million year old senses to atrophy. But for the moment, we are tottering around, incessant to feed our lobes with soft, warm light.