The “veil of memory”, as Thomas Cole described, is a key component of these works….. the “patina” of time on memory. While the works may be inspired by specific places, they are meant as evocation of “place” rather than transcription. The surfaces of these works are a visual component illustrating the idea of the “veil of memory” and the patina of time, transposing the “place” (and it’s memory) into an art object…. infused with the sense of being from another time and reflecting the timelessness of nature. While there is no overt reference to ecological issues, the distressed surfaces of the work speaks to the passing of time….. of what “once was”….. un-managed, wild, open spaces now overtly or covertly threatened.
The series, as reflected in the title, references the idea that beautiful, unspoiled areas can still be found in the spaces in between the clutter of human development, small remnants that require more focused looking and seeing.
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