Dena Ann Adams
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. 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.
While the places I explore with paint are a mixture of expressionistic personal history and metaphor, and interrogations of classic Liberal Enlightenment enculturation in relation to land, I hope to kindle questions and thoughts about land-based mythologies and the pleasures and problems alike in our physical, placed lives.