Artist Statement

     My latest body of work consist of constructed landscapes which pose some of the following questions: how geological structures and bodies of water could be represented while transforming into new spaces? Will these spaces be inhabitable? What is the role of human interferences in the formation of these new landforms? What are the parallels of application and processing of different art materials — pigment dissolution or erosion, paint layering or abrasion, different flow and drips of the medium, to that of the land shifting and water level rise or evaporation? The awe-inspiring beauty of the landscapes that surround us is often in tension with the compromised environments that they represent. The goal of this project is to investigate the complex intersection of fragile natural beauty and the impact of human intervention.

     In the developmental stage of the process, the researched materials, and different landscape fragments are integrated into painted images and mixed media maquettes. This part of the process allows for new discoveries and connections that lead to their own creative conclusions. This important stage allows plenty of space for unexpected and previously unknown ideas to emerge. For example, layering images that were previously in a different context and finding newly discovered passages from one to another.

     Employing different materials and new techniques plays a crucial role in opening my artistic practice to experimentation. I wish to develop a vision of scenery that is constructed in the space of possible futures, molding the fragments of existing landscapes into new realities.

     Rather than to create a warning about the consequences of human impact on our surroundings this work brings the viewer directly inside the newly constructed reality of images of possible futures. The surroundings which are both built and natural, would provide an immersive space that transports the audience in the suggested version of the altered environment. In this way, the content would not be an educational lecture but provide immediate impact and urgency through solely visual means to question the societal choices in our communities and connect them globally.

     The explorative approach to the use of materials, composition of layering images in space and technique of piecing fragments of landscapes from far corners of the world into projected scenery, would take new and innovative forms.

     This work reflects, on a more general level, the necessity of global collaborative project for human survival and coexistence. It opens up important questions: What are our hopes as we emerge on the other side after a passage through a turbulent time? How do we rebuild a new environment and reconnect with each other? What will the new landscapes in this future world look like?