Synchronous Landscape

encaustic, 60"x30"

July 2012


I've long been fascinated with Aboriginal painting. A picture of a blue-tongued lizard may be pure pattern, but the pattern mimics of the scales of the lizard, its movement through space, the footsteps it leaves in the sand—the picture is an encoding of a lot more information than just what the lizard looks like. With this piece, I tried to approach my thoughts about land and landscape and compress readings in a similar way. At its most basic, it is a series of containers filled with marks, the marks following some simple rules. But it is also land, as it might be seen from the air, simplified and pinned down on a map, or viewed straight on, all perspective flattened.