Landescape Art Review - January 2014

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Casey Whittier (USA) An artist’s statement

Through my work I strive to create a space for memories, for meditations on the past and on the passing of time, to explore the relationships that are not lost through death. I am particularly interested in the eidetic spaces of landscape and imagination; in the places that are simultaneously ingrained in us but exist elsewhere. I believe that those spaces are expansive and specific, personal and universal. These intangible landscapes, understood vividly through the senses are integral to my personal identity. It is in these composite landscapes of imagination and memory that I thrive. Feeding off elements of nature, landscape and personal memories, I try to give form to these formless places. Working with existing architecture and organic elements to create pieces that exist in the gray area between the idyllic and the doomed, desire and longing often become intertwined and inseparable. Through the work, I seek to engage myself, my work and the audience in conversations about the opposites that exist at the very core of mortal consciousness: the infinite and the ephemeral, the rooted and the rootless, the mortal and the preserved, the remembered and the forgotten, the beautiful and the distorted. #196 Winter

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