Nina Elder
I examine the visual evidence of land use in the American West and its cycles of production, consumption, and waste. Through the vernacular of landscape painting, and using parking lots, bombing ranges, and junk heaps as my source material, I explore the delineation between land and landscape, beauty and banality. My work scrutinizes the aesthetic mitigation that often camouflages humanity's dependence on nature. I respond to the places where the organic and the artificial rasp against each other. This post-industrial landscape is the physical manifestation of modern needs, economies, policies, and powers, yet I approach it as a pure spectacle. I aspire to elucidate and aestheticize the friction, grandeur, mystery, frankness, degeneration, necessity and beauty in the contemporary American landscape.