Size: 48"W x 36"H x 2"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
Curator's Note: The schizophrenic composition of this piece offers the viewer a fractured perspective on a traditional scene. This is an image that will continue to invite new interpretations time after time.
From recent studies on the implications of photography and perception, I wanted to find a way to exaggerate the voids in imagery to comment on what our memory leaves out, I laid out a set of images from Oneonta Gorge, but realized that I had photographed a certain tree from practically every angle. When I rearranged the printouts to piece together the tree, everything else connected together in intensely weird ways, and the tree itself was still incomplete. I considered the challenge of cleanly pasting these images to the surface in this specific arrangement to use as a prototype, but I quickly decided against it. Instead, I photographed the collage itself and then used that image as a reference for this composition.
My painting process accelerated directly because of my use of technology. And, the outcome was a major fracturing of perspective. The anomalies I created, like the hyper-fragmented yet incomplete tree, reiterated the fact that it’s harder today to separate from the desire of taking, keeping, and sharing images of places, rather than just existing and thriving in their spaces. It creates gaps in our perceptions and memories.
Kristine L Kordell is an artist, musician and Army Veteran from Gaithersburg, MD who lives and works in Portland, OR. She received her BFA in Craft at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Her work has been exhibited in various shows in the Pacific Northwest, including the Art on the Vine student charity auction and Cannon Beach’s Art Association Gallery.