Line and the Landscape: An Exploration into the Process of Making Landscapes
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The interaction of man with his environment rests in a linear relationship of representation, form making, and dialectic. As referenced through the theory of painting, pictorial form is created through the use of point and line to plane. An inherent parallelism is established between the act of creating form on a surface and man?s act of creating landscape. As humans we create the landscape through the body from eye to mind to hand. The idea of the point is expressed as the physical form of man in relation to the surface of the earth. Man interacts with his environment through the activation of that point into linear form. The intersections of linear form created makes visible the language of man?s relationship with his environment by creating, framing, and forming the horizontal plane of the landscape. The exploration into this process of making the landscape exposes man?s perception of his environment in a manner that begins a personal dialogue between the landscape and me. Using this exploration I begin a personal grounding of the landscape with my hometown of Altoona, Pennsylvania. Formalizing the relationship I have had to the landscape I was born into establishes a framework for continual intrigue into the making of the landscape.
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