Portrait of a Landscape: 2013 (F.S.)

'Portrait of a Landscape'[14 mixed media framed works] is a  graphic series over-layering a local Derbyshire landscape with a variety of narratives from ‘elsewhere’. The work is conceived as a departure from current Neo-Romantic Landscape art which may be viewed as deceptive and sociologically untrue.

 I have chosen to allow the subconscious to inspire the rural scenes I have presented as a result of repeated walking through them and recording my findings. The resulting affects seems to call into question the epistemological tradition and reveal that ‘landscape art’ is often some type of pure invention and fails to address issues of social significance. In' Narratology' [1985] the artist Mieka Bal stated how each person brings their own experience to what is newly perceive; I have brought this concept into the forefront of my current work. For me each drawing of my local landscape links into not only those I have seen elsewhere in the world- [a deep unconscious cultural memory?]-or imagine others have seen at different points in history. Who had walked in N.E.Derbyshire, in say Roman times or before and since? What visions might ancient peoples have recalled traversing this area? What will new migrants now bring to the local area in terms of their own diverse cultural experiences from abroad? All these ideas questions the notion of the ‘Genius Loci’ identity, and  what an expanded view of the 'Genius Loci' of ‘Englishness' might mean?

Mimicking the 'Recto -Verso' printing technique on Acetate with line work in  'Chartpak '+ 'Rotring 'pen drawings, photocopies and mixed media. A local rural N. E. Derbyshire scene is presented via a layering of images drawing on an inter-disciplined approach of form and content. The aim is to challenge the tradition of aesthetic appraisal in two dimensional Landscape Art, focusing on the theme that all landscape belongs to everyone who wonders through it.

 

Major art influences: Sean Landers; Guillermo Kuitca; Allan Rupperberg.

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Derbyshire+ multiculturalism+ Magna Carta text Portrait of a Landscape 1
Landscape + Magna Carta reference Portrait of a Landscape 2
 Landscape + Magna Carta reference Portait of a Landscape 3
Landscape + Magna Carta reference Portrait of a Landscape 4
Landscape + Magna Carta reference Portrait of a Landscape 5
 Landscape + Magna Carta reference Portrait of a Landscape 6
 Landscape + Magna Carta reference Portrait of a Landscape 7
Landscape + Magna Carta reference Portrait of a Landscape 8
Psychogeography, Narratology,Cultural Memory. Portrait of a Landscape 9
 Landscape + Magna Carta reference Portrait of a Landscape 10
Distopian Landscape Portrait of a Landscape 11
Landscape + Migration concepts Portrait of a Landscape 12
Landscape + Multiplicity Portrsit of a Landscape 13
 Landscape +Magna Carta reference Portrait of a Landscape 14