My strip collages were created as a response to my own walks through the landscape. The work begins with the notion that we don’t really take in a scene in its entirety – our attention moves quickly and our brains fill in the gaps to form an impression of a continuous scene before us. But as we turn each corner, rise each small hill, the vista changes before us. The collages are made up of several different angle views of each scene.
As I sat with the process of piecing each photograph together my focus shifted to the threatened existence of these places and the impermanence that man’s physical impression on the environment has created. The human practice of over-utilizing our natural resources has accelerated the natural processes of erosion and the effects of time. Our government’s disregard for the conservation of our national parks and protected lands has put these natural areas under threat and left a feeling of uncertainty as to whether these lands will be there in the near future. The very ground upon which we walk has an uncertain future. “Ground”, “grounding” – these words imply constancy, permanence and security, yet, with the current threats to our environment that very ground seems to be shifting under our feet, causing a generalized feeling of uneasiness (dis-ease) and insecurity which resonates throughout our species.