I relate the action of painting to the geological process of formation and erosion found in mountain and desert landscapes.
I am fascinated by the environmental factors that shape the natural world and seek to imitate their destructive and constructive qualities in an artistic technique. Inventing new idealized landscapes to explore. Curating reality.
The imagery is inspired by ridge lines and rock formations that I see in the West and Southwest. I translate my experiences and geology research of these locations into small collage sketches made from papers of magnified organic textures that I design and print. These collages are the color mock ups from which I scale up and paint the finished pieces in acrylic on wood panel. The materials I use are mixed with natural minerals such as marble, mica and iron oxide, cementing the narrative connection of the works to their subject.
The paintings are often described as “dreamy” as they evoke sensations of fantasy or partial reality. I intended the imagery to be at once familiar, but to carry an air of play and curiosity about the natural world as if your discovering a place for the first time.
SARAH WINKLER / Painter