Dena Ann Adams
I do not paint en plein aire. With rare exceptions, it’s a strategy that I have chosen to intentionally exclude.
My references and influences are art historical, rather than natural. I am interested in artists such as Whistler, the Tonalists, and the Symbolists. Landscape painting and the way that it serves as a metaphor, a dream, or a distortion is my primary interest in the pursuit.
The sense of abstraction and mystery in this work should point clearly to the fact that you are looking not at a place, not at a document of reality at all, but at historically layered and subjective fantasies of place and space. This is the nature of image-making in relation to the land, whatever the aesthetic strategy.
I hope to kindle questions and thoughts about land-based mythologies, the perniciousness of the “unoccupied empty space” and the pleasures and problems alike in looking at and moving through the land.