Regina Allen, gruvkitty9@gmail.com

     

        My paintings examine the landscape viewed from above, looking at the interesting visual results of human activities such as, urban planning, sprawl, deforestation, public land management, mineral extraction, and water control issues. To view the landscape from above takes us out of our daily point-of-view and creates an “overview effect”. This is the phenomenon experienced by astronauts who view earth from space and note that from above national boundaries vanish and the conflicts and politics that divide people become less important, ideally uniting us with a will to protect our planet. I really enjoy this idea. However, it’s my experience that when viewing the land from above, what you do still see is evidence of the conflicts between humans and nature, and my work centers on these ongoing tensions.
        I derive some of my imagery from cool, remote satellite views, illustrating the contrast between geology and human-made structures and activities. Some of it comes from my own photographs taken from aircrafts or elevated locations. Other paintings emerge from nostalgic memories of visiting state and national parks, merging memory with maps, trails, and roads, exploring the notion of “public land” and its innate conflicts.
        Numerous urgent environmental conflicts fuel my art, but my work also celebrates the abstract elements of landscape and the enduring tenacity of nature, grounding itself in the physicality of the medium. The sensuousness of the paint and the expressiveness of color, mark, and shape extol the sublime beauty of the Earth and offset the distressing content. I have apprehensions about a changing environment. My art becomes a repository for these fears, buoyed by a little wisp of hope, like a prayer or a wish.