The images presented for this exhibition are part of a series of over 100 pieces called the Goldberg Variations. I have picked these 3 as I believe they speak to and relate to the concept of Gaia. To me, the simple concept of planet Earth being a living breathing organism – not just stone, water , air.
The unifying theme – Leitmotif – is an image I created on a plexiglass plate (8”x10”) 5 years ago for a monoprint. I use this base image/plate and combine it (layer it on top of or beneath) various materials – discarded paper, pallets as well as finished paintings , prints or drawings. I call these pieces Digital Combines.
My process for these Combines adheres to the following rules:
- Every image must use/include the base image – leitmotif.
- Every image must stand on its own as a discreet piece of art.
- Any material used as part of the Combine must have been produce by me , as part of creating another piece of art. I do not use found objects, photos etc as part of the process.
- The various components are assembled and arranged much like a classical “Still Life”.
- The final arrangement is then photographed.
- The Photographs are then manipulated on an iPad or computer – Cropping, changing of orientation , image sizing.
- No filters are used – the colors are kept as they were photographed and not enhanced.
- The final image is then printed on Fine Art Paper, Canvas, Acrylic, Wood or Metal, ranging in size from 8”x10” up to 48”x48”.
The 3 Images for the Exhibit are each a Digital Combine as described above
- Through a Glass Darkly ( reference is Strindberg)
- Unintended Consequences
I have chosen these 3 because they share a base image I call Planet and Moon – in each there is an abstract landscape surface – the Earth – or Gaia. Each also has a second sphere floating above it – a reflection of the first.
When I was choosing the pieces for the exhibition these three best represent a reflection or meditation on the state of our planet – or Gaia – today. They also provide a premonition of the future of the planet. The colors I used to me are all calming and pleasant – however each of the final Combines turned out to be an unsettling , tense image.. I hope that the viewer will perceive both that peacefulness in the color and the discomfort of the tension in composition. I hope that it will lead the viewer to reflect on all of our futures – both humans and Gaia.
Artist: Peter Anderson