With the Nude in the Landscape series I am seeking to create a lasting body of work that frames the human body in the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest; juxtaposing the frailness and inherent fragility of the human form against the scale and grandeur of the landscape, contrasting the textures and tones between those two elements, and examining the relationship between the viewer and the subject.
Within the Nude in the Landscape body of work there are three themes that have emerged. Many of the images of the subjects are sculptural, others are unobserved, emotionally intimate portraits, and in many cases, the body seems to coalesce and merge with the landscape, making it difficult to determine where one element begins and another ends. Regardless of the thread that the subjects reflect in the tapestry that forms the series, there is an air of mystery to the subjects that is to me, as the image maker, inherently feminine. The subjects are both unknowable to me and unattainable. The image that I make is but a fleeting impression of what was reflected to me for the briefest of moments. A tiny instant, a fraction of time, is frozen and then, quickly, fleetingly, gone.
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