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Field Notes is a selection of work by 3 women artists, who respond and relate to our unusual and extreme environment in the high-altitude mountains and desert, through various mediums. Contemporary art and artists are like thermometers, sensitive beings that notice and initiate critical dialog on cultural, environmental and social issues. Field Notes is the start of a conversation with and about the environment. (curator Frances Melhop)
Field Notes is a selection of work by 3 women artists, who respond and relate to our unusual and extreme environment through various mediums.
JULIA SCHWADRON MARIANELLI
As an artist and trail runner based in South Lake Tahoe, my relationship with the flora and fauna of this region comes from first-person discovery and from passionate research into what makes this mountain landscape unique. Recent paintings have included images of the South Lake Tahoe Forest in the aftermath the Caldor Fire. Much of the forest floor was covered in hot pink fire-retardant dust when we returned - a surreal filter placed on top of the familiar landscape. My paintings begin with the language that human beings superimpose upon the natural environment to either understand it, dominate it, use it, or frame it in some way. Through the combination of text and natural imagery, the paintings might become
a portal through which to reflect on each of our relationship to our environment.
At its essence, my art practice is a method for being in place; it is a meditation, or a finding resonance, with a specific site. Embracing a symbiotic view of life, I attempt to collaborate with plants, animals, and atmospheric forces, to make visible, invisible or hidden elements-in this case, the wind and the language of the forest. I am interested in how the poetics of visual form might destabilize an anthropocentric view of the natural world.
My artwork explores my introspective relationship with the environment and the many and complicated ways that I interact with it and how that creates meaning for the places in our lives - how we impact them and how they impact us. It is my hope that I can create a space through my artwork for others to daydream, explore, and discover a new way of looking at the world around them and, through that, bring a self-awareness that just might reflect back into our everyday relationships with people and the environment around us. All of us have different places that we can claim to be our own because of our unique experiences there. The idea of place becomes much more internalized and individual. Memories and experiences, those things we carry with us, are projected onto the present landscape--our own personal maps and reference points. My relationship with the environment feels very personal--it is a part of my identity and how I move through the world.
Field Notes is produced in collaboration with Melhop Gallery º7077,
Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District
10981 Truckee Way, Truckee, CA 96161