About land form painting
Land has always been the source of human existence, of struggle and conquest. It’s embedded with layers of cultural meaning and is shaped not only by human histories, but also by its perpetual self. This work is about the physical environment that exists around the Navajo reservation where I grew up. These paintings explore the geologic process that forms mountains, canyons, and sacred space. The notion of earth’s natural processes also informs the painting process of layering translucent and opaque colors, intersecting forms, creating dynamic compositions of movement in a static state. It’s also the conceptual framework that defines this work as an illusion and abstraction, caught somewhere in between. Just as there are layers of geologic history beneath our feet, so are the many layers of personal and cultural context embedded into the landforms of my life. I’m ultimately searching for the same otherness, or enigmatic quality ‘painting’ can have, similar to a feeling one might experience while standing in the middle of a deep canyon shaped by the shifting earth, moving water, and millions of years.