Monday, August 17, 2009

Miniature Landscapes

This series is an extension of a concept I began to play with a few months ago; the idea to create landscapes that appear vast but at the same time can fit into the palm of one's hand.

When I work, there seem to be infinite possibilities of color combinations for the hills and the sky. The mountains on earth are living structures and constantly change. They exist in unique atmospheres which change color with the rising and the setting sun, which then changes the way we see the colors and the shapes of mountains.

For instance the scene below with the yellow hills and the blue sky was inspired by sand dunes on a bright day when the sky is a bit cloudy but still a rich blue. 

Each time we look at a landscape, it is with slightly different eyes. We also focus on different aspects of what is in front of us. Because of the different possibilities of seeing and mentally cropping landscapes, these scenes are sometimes expressed in a single panel while other times extend into a triptych, etc,

This triptych is set at sunrise and focuses on sandy, rock formations in the desert.

I love deep color of the sky when a storm is coming. This triptych comes from thinking about pastures of green rolling hills right before the storm hits.

Besides taking inspiration directly from what I've experienced in nature, I like to over exaggerate certain colors like in the scene with the bright green hills below. Or all together make things up, like the other bright lime colored hills with an tangerine sky.

Each individual panel is 5" x 4", made with stained glass and was created in 2009. This is an extremely playful series that will keep evolving over the coming months.

It is hanging up as an installation at Naidre's Cafe in Carroll Gardens at 502 Henry St. The work will be up through October 8th.

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