This Land, Our Land
on wood (11 x 14 and 17 x 22 inches)
on gessoed paper (12 x 12 inches)
This Land, Our Land is a series of oil paintings that take the well-used utilitarian object and transform it into an emotive landscape. I have long been interested in the histories of the most mundane objects, the significance they hold and the meanings they convey. With these paintings I want to impart a semblance of that emotional terrain, turning the object with all of its age and imperfection into a panorama that conflates still life with landscape.
For This Land, Our Land a well-worn and faded American Flag (circa 1969), owned by a first generation American that went to Antarctica and came back with this flag, becomes a composition of rolling hills and crevices, symbolic colors and tones. This aging and thread-bare symbol of America has a story to tell; one that has out-lived its owner. The slow build-up of paint mirrors the accumulation that is Americanism. I work on a smooth, pristine surface, working the paint in and building layer upon layer. Keeping the composition relatively simple allows me to focus on what interests me most: the subtle folds, worn areas, deep dark crevices and smooth edged crags that embody this object and the painting itself.