An Exploration of Personal Topography
“A map does not just chart, it unlocks and formulates meaning; it forms bridges between here and there, between disparate ideas that we did not know were previously connected.” – Reif Larsen
This deeply personal and yet universally relatable, body of work, seeks to depict the topography that is formed in each of us through seasons of growth, trauma, and life-altering events. Throughout our formation as individuals, these impactful aspects of the human experience carve deep, meaningful, and sometimes beautiful reliefs, contours, and mosaics in us. How we show up on the outside, aerial view, is determined by the meanings we have taken, internalized, and allowed to change our landscape. Each of these paintings reveal the natural processes that create rich and nuanced layers in us over time, due to both internal and external forces. Earthy pigments are washed over the canvas, scraped back, and smoothed over again until every piece has its own unique history – a story to tell.
This body of work was exhibited at the Curtis Center for the Arts in Greenwood Village, CO in fall of 2018.