Interior Prariescapes Series IV: The River
"Interior Prairiescapes, Series 4: The River" conveys my regard
for the river’s essential importance in our environmental and
spiritual lives. To this end, I employed two contrasting painting
techniques. First, with an Abstract Expressionist technique
(action painting), I created meditative paintings that imply the
nature’s spiritual energy from a microcosmic perspective.
Second, reacting to a few gestured brush strokes, I created
idealized, macrocosmic landscapes from memory, giving
weight to a metaphorical sense of place. These macrocosmic
landscape panels I separated. Separation suggests a
tendency to view the river in segments or with boundaries
when losing sight of how human action affects the whole.
Because boundaries change with perspective, part of the
series presents microcosmic and macrocosmic panels
together depicting one landscape from differing vantage
points. In these “combines,” a term from the Pop art
movement, I affixed carved river and plant symbols alluding to
the river’s fundamental place in community soul: connective
power. The river as metaphor opens us to the possibility of a
no-boundary consciousness – seeing through imposed
boundaries, connecting to community, and empowering the
land and people.