treeline artist statement
The concept landscape--a particularly compelling or pleasing view--was always a constructed one. Increasingly we experience the world, even the landscape of our direct environment, vicariously through photographic/digital imagery. We view our world through a viewfinder and/or computer screen--digitized, one step removed. Attempting to reconcile American landscape tradition with contemporary digital media, I investigate the meaning of romantic landscape as modified by layers of technology. The photograph is the basis for these images; it reflects a conceptual, as well as a physical distance from the subject matter, as we tend to experience the outdoors vicariously through the filter of media. Derived from photographs of trees, found in publication, and digitally manipulated, I enlarge these images emphasizing the dot-matrix. The photographic image is repainted; my landscapes are constructed.