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One of the unfortunate consequences of the human drive to tame wilderness and build cities is a well-documented alienation from nature. When we don’t feel ourselves to be embedded in nature, nature becomes abstract, something to be exploited and abused. In northern climates the snowy winter season itself reduces the already altered landscape to nearly pure abstraction. The starkness of this phenomenon can be interpreted as annihilation or opportunity—the metaphorical blank canvas. I am interested in how we perceive nature and its relationship with humanity and our impacts upon the land. The natural world has been reduced largely to fragments within a context of built and altered environments. Winter is a meditation on abstract landscapes.


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