AERIAL VIEWS OF OPEN PIT MINES & TAILINGS PONDS
Industrial development has become pervasive on the landscape, yet few landscape artists honestly depict this in their work. Often the majestic mountain peak is painted, while the scar of the clear-cut beneath it is omitted.
This painting series was done on high quality birch plywood. As a material, plywood speaks to clear cut logging practices that are carried out before any surface mining can occur. It also speaks to the resource industry and the factory processing that is involved in its creation. Since painting is something that describes both its act and the result of its actions, it seems fit to describe these altered landscapes. The aerial, or bird's eye view, challenges our human-centered view of life and landscape.