Regina Allen, gruvkitty9@gmail.com

     

        My paintings look at patterns of conflict in the terrain between people and their environment. I focus on landscape viewed from above, examining the results of 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. It’s my experience when viewing the land from above that what you do still see is evidence of the conflicts between humans and nature, and my work centers on these ongoing struggles.

        Some of my imagery is derived from cool, remote satellite views, illustrating the contrast between geology and human-made structures and activities. 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 the tenacity of nature 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.