In the Ravine
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Colorful oil on canvas landscape scene. Some trees, branches and leaves are visible throughout, colorful rock like shapes in the background.
“When walking towards a destination, one’s mind wanders, then all of a sudden he or she has arrived without realizing how one got there. I’m interested in this state of mind, where one’s mind is in-between awareness and detachment. My work explores how one navigates and organizes space. I’m interested in what is concealed and what is revealed to the conscious mind. How does one unravel and see beyond a network of branches and discern space from flat shapes or tonal patterns? Reality and the invented are entangled in the landscapes I paint so that one is floating in a limbo of ambiguity.
Shape and tone are important in my work as they either define or deny space, evoking a push and pull movement in the painting. I use the landscape as a point of departure. Taking the shapes, line, and pattern naturally formed by light and branches, I insert my own forays to investigate this dialogue further. The unnatural color and patterns floating in the landscape indicate magical happenings or another world enclosing on our own. My paintings are both a visual and mindful puzzle of space.” – Caitlyn Brandt