According to the Bible, First Man and First Woman were cast out of the Garden of Eden into a cold, cruel existence where they must struggle and toil against the natural environment in order to survive. This ideology has affected how westerners relate to nature. As a child, I remember the terms that were used to describe the pre-colonized land of the Americas in my history classes. The Europeans saw a “wilderness” that was “unopened” and “undeveloped.” They “discovered” “empty” land that required domination and order.
On a superficial level, the Earth seems chaotic, but in actuality, if one looks closer they would be in awe of its intricate order. In my paintings I depict the organized disorder of nature, and I express my feelings and ideas on how modern North Americans relate to nature. I show the Euroamerican battle against the “wild” and their obsession with straight, squared edges, and trimmed lawns. I emphasize the sky to create a feeling of human kind’s vulnerability and impermanance.