Oct 15, 2018

RANSOM: Exploring the Edges of Appropriation

I’m *so pleased* to announce that three of my works have been accepted to a juried show at Chases’s Garage in York, Maine. The exhibit will be up from October 20th to December 12th, 2018. Please join me at the opening reception on Saturday October 20th, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.

The exhibition is a collaboration with the brilliant curator Kristy Martino and Red Record Collective, the civic and art engagement platform of For Freedoms, and the artist studios and gallery at Chase’s Garage. Fellow artists include Kristy Cavaretta, Melinda Salazar, Mima Preston, Nick Schietromo, Leigh Anna Newell, Katherine Errecart, Raven Dock, Kenley Darling, Alex Hovet, Karolina Tumilowicz, and selected works from the Ransom Curatorial Team.

In the curatorial team’s words: “This exhibit explores the concept, implications, questions, and ramifications of appropriation in a broad sense. Artists choose to explore the theme via cultural appropriation, land and public policy appropriation, language, style, resources, etc. as well as wrestle with who benefits or profits from appropriation, if, how, and when appropriation is harmful, what its consequences are and how that may differ across the landscape of personal, societal, political identities and beyond.”

The three submitted pieces: Invasion 227 (Cartoon Gravity)Pollution 1858 (Yellow); and Pollution 966 (Orange) are all pieces which explore invasive confrontation, with my dots trespassing in order to break the territory of the existing landscape painting. The work utilizes paintings by others as both material and mechanism; the act of invasion by dots is itself the subject and the process of the work. Each appropriation indulges a desire to claim ownership of landscape. This is an inclination of every human individual which quickly extrapolates to the militaristic federal and global scale. 

Here on earth, we have come to experience territorialization’s many symptoms – resource extraction, war, pollution, invasion, violence and global dromology. Humans’ increasing speed and influence has direct implications upon the health and function of living landscapes. All acts upon landscape are forms of war which degrade and reform land – territorialization is underway at every moment. The act of claiming landscape that is not one’s own, particularly by a queer woman artist, points to a dialogue about violent power plays that are enacted across cities and lands – affecting all landscapes and bodies.

Using playful pessimism in my paintings and drawings, “dots” are devices for territorialization. These appropriated sites lose the gravity of earth when populated by abstract spots that float, hover, sink, and scatter across the perspectival surface within an entirely new “cartoon” atmosphere. Here, through occupation and abstraction in these landscapes, a field of dots within perspective protects us from the harsh realities of invaded and degraded landscapes with their seemingly cheerful anti-matter. 

These explorations interplay with my professional career as a landscape architect: critiquing some of the prevailing ideas at the heart of the discipline while responding to a long held fascination with human settlement and the manipulation of landscapes.



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