I made this series after returning from a cross country road trip. I took the trip because I was trying to understand the complex relationship Americans have historically had with landscape. I believe that our long touted Manifest Destiny to control North America is merely a manifestation of our search for a mythical 'home' or sense of belonging in the western world.
It is a series featuring dilapidated transportation systems, homes that will likely fall in the next major earthquake, sleepy farmhouses without central heating. While my subject matter is historical, it's from a contemporary lens.While painting this series I considered our modern reliance on the machine to make traditionally handmade work with more accuracy. As a means of reducing the photograph to something that flirted with abstraction, I used Photoshop’s ‘Paint bucket’ tool to make large areas of solid white color. My paintings are a testament to the intelligence of computer programming but also to its arbitrary nature. The effort was to evoke the erasure of memory, which like Paint bucket, is random. The white masses are also an illusion to how the human eye reduces what it is seeing in order to see more quickly.
This work is about a fading world that is just too overwhelming to absorb in one glance. I try to give my viewer the basic picture of a place while leaving out enough of the specifics to allow discreet locations to become imaginary ‘anywheres’.
Oil Paint on Stretched Canvas