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We sense the primal nature of rock, the obduracy of a mountain. Forces thrust and push against each other. There is the rush of volumes of moving air and expanses of space. The sensation of time is felt in an obscuring veil of fog. We

ARTIST’S STATEMENT ⁄ PAINTING THE LANDSCAPE

may be terrified by vastness. As humans we embody both darkness and hope and the landscape reflects all of that. The drive to give physical form to these experiences and to be able to convey them is what motivates my work.

in 2001 i realized that the natural world, in all of its relentless beauty, was what I wanted to paint.

The power and beauty of the natural world are precious and inextricably linked to our understanding of what it

The landscape is a potent source of meaning, offering an

means to be human. There is much more out there than

opening into the vastness of the universal. It is my catalyst,

just geography and weather.

triggering a very personal and fundamental recognition. All of us carry our own inner immensity. I have discovered that

Freya Grand

mine is called into being by standing on the rim of a rock and looking outward. Seeking remote places has been an intrinsic first step. I never know what I will find on my journeys but the discoveries initiate a complex chain of associations, the aligning of forms and color, the inquiry that will give life to a body of work. The sensation that I have come to recognize as integral to this process is a feeling of spaciousness, of awe, a kind of rising up of my whole inner being. It is as if something within me is compelled to meet the immensity on its own terms. These landscape paintings have grown out of journeys to places such as the Andes, Ireland, Africa, the Highlands of Scotland. They draw their life partly from reality, yet they are not realistic. As critic Claudia Rousseau has said, “Although descriptive, these works do not reproduce the visual record so much as the experiential one.”

Opposite: Storm (detail)

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Freya Grand: Minding the Landscape  

This catalogue was published on the occasion of “Freya Grand: Minding the Landscape,” on view at the National Museum of Women in the Arts fr...

Freya Grand: Minding the Landscape  

This catalogue was published on the occasion of “Freya Grand: Minding the Landscape,” on view at the National Museum of Women in the Arts fr...