Disrupted Gardens features paintings that explore images of ecological disruption due to global climate change. Based on photos of the East River in De Pere that I have taken over the last couple of years, the paintings disrupt through process and image. My husband and I walk the East River trail frequently and notice that over the last years our beloved river and trail are being destroyed through a combination of erosion, agricultural runoff, extreme rainfall, and flood damage.
The paintings push away from each other stylistically with some paintings being more realistic and others more abstract. These approaches mix, mingle, or butt up against each other depending on the painting. Wrinkled fabric, painted from observation, serves as a multi-valent entity that shifts, sifts, and shimmers. The resulting amalgamations are clear and obscured, transcendent and earthly, known and seeking knowledge.