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Shari-Anne Gibson: Silent Rider
 
Shari-Anne Gibson: The Lost Forest
 
Shari-Anne Gibson: Wandering Friend
 
             
 

In this new series, I am interested in reinventing the traditional landscape by creating interrupted and dislocated scenes. In history, landscape is observed and rendered for its beauty and glory. It offers us rest and fullness, a respite from the frenetic activity of daily life. And yet, today, our experience of landscape is constantly interrupted—by power lines, newly paved roads, cell phones. Being drawn in to a quiet centre is truly rare.

These paintings, which are inspired by the small forests and disjointed landscapes around me, investigate the new reality of interrupted nature by breaking up the scene into pattern or confining the scene to designated areas of the image.

The movement between illusionistic depth and the painted surface in these pieces expresses our fragmented experience of nature, and invites the viewer to see the sky not as endless, but suddenly as a skin of paint. We cannot fully climb into the image, but are forced to consider the flat surface that surrounds and invades the scenes. These inconsistencies generate meaning and challenge our experience of natural beauty.

 
 
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