All looking is emotional.


The studio, 2015 . (photo by Anna Ferguson)

The studio, 2015 . (photo by Anna Ferguson)

art, place & passions

Landscapes and architecture are more than just places; they are informed by our souls. They are part of our inner imaginative maps. Sometimes they guide our dreams, sometimes our fears. Like the lines on our hands, they imprint themselves on our inner mind. These ideas inform the way I am working to depict the inner life of architecture, landscape and place. 

I'm an artist based in Brooklyn NY who specializes in paintings of place, landscape and architecture.

My work is centered around the psychological aspects of place and space. The emotional connection to place and the influence spaces have on the psyche is a general theme which informs my approach; paintings are explorations into these relationships. 

I am attempting to show how differently space and architecture can seem through the emotional filter that every person has in terms of their relationship with place. In a way, my paintings of architecture and places are psychological portraits.
photo by Anna Ferguson

photo by Anna Ferguson

I like to depict known places and make them seem unfamiliar and new. The reimagined and interpreted landscape or architectural subject is a mainstay in art history; they are themes Courbet, Monet, Hopper, and Kiefer, among others, have explored. The emphasis on using color, brush stoke, perspective and tone and as modes of expression casts an enigmatic veil over places we might consider known and even hackneyed. While recognizable, upon second glance, the subjects of the paintings seem deeply unfamiliar. They ask us to take a second look, and more importantly, they beg the question "how do you feel about where you are?"

Variations on a subject, the Brooklyn Bridge for example, reflect that  architecture known in a cultural sense can be seen in a myriad of ways depending on how we feel.  The way we see these places is in constant flux. Spaces influence our subconscious and we influence how we see space with our inner states. Perhaps familiar places even have a message to us as much as we project messages, identity and meaning (both good and bad) upon them. This premise supposes that  all looking is emotional and that because of this, spaces have metaphysical qualities that define and influence our lives.

 

My work is painterly and relies heavily on the interplay of light and color and the fluidity of oil paint, drawing from both Old Master and contemporary techniques. The paintings are heavily layered and worked upon. Layers of paint, scraped down, repainted and distressed are meant to echo the passage of time, organic decay and wear that define the character of a building or place. Even watercolors and drawings are worked on in layers, using the wearing of the paper to add to the look of the final piece. 

"Landscapes and architecture are more than just places; they are informed by our souls. They are part of our inner imaginative maps. Sometimes they guide our dreams, sometimes our fears. Like the lines on our hands, they imprint themselves on our inner mind. These ideas inform the way I am working to depict the inner life of architecture, landscape and place. "


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