This week’s blog posts are all by Erin Keane. The past three weeks have seen Crystal Neubauer, Amanda Jolley and starting us off was Michelle Belto introducing our collaborative series; this week Erin! Enjoy and savor the uniqueness of each~
NOTE: Erin wrote these, I, Trish, put them into queue. Alas, my doing not hers has them in wrong order! This post is in fact the third and not fourth 🙁 Read on, just know that yesterday’s was supposed to come after this one!~ imperfect perfection…
Playing off the thought that our ever expanding world is increasingly interconnected – between cities, countries, and continents – I created abstract landscapes by combining photographs into land and sky with a common horizon line. The idea was sparked by my two red umbrella shadows, which practically paired themselves together, and the juxtaposition reminded me of trees reflected in water.
Working within the dimensions of our Encausticbord panels (21” tall x 7” wide), I cropped images to size and paired them up, testing many (many, many) combinations until I found the perfect fit.
As a metaphor, the landscapes represent our various backgrounds – ancestry, places of birth, current geographical locations, travels and life experiences – and the horizon lines represent opportunities in front of us, both individual and shared.
“Any person at any given moment has a unique visible horizon–the line that divides the objects on the earth from the sky. Yet if I stand right next to you, or stand where you were a minute ago, my horizon will closely resemble yours. Thus the metaphor captures the uniqueness of individual experience while making difference a matter of degree that is somewhat within our control. Your horizon is a function of the way the world is and how you see things.” ~ Peter Levine, educator and philosopher
These landscapes took months to emerge, and I feel they connect as individuals as well as a community. Tomorrow see what they look like, transferred into Encausticbord and immersed with wax… wired on the back and ready to be connected with you!