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John Folsom

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

Landscapes have a symbolic power that reflects the cultural identity of the observer. My practice demonstrates the allegorical potential of landscape images through the intersection of painting and photography. I am interested in the space of land as a cultural construct and the way in which humans confer meaning onto nature creating symbolic environments. My technique involves layers of oil paint applied directly to a photographic image to enhance or obscure the surface.The image is further disrupted by an enigmatic grid giving rise to the notion of a mapped territory.

Currently I am documenting areas of the coastal south which are under threat from sea level rise and new development. Salt erosion and coastal swells are having a deleterious effect on the ecology of Okefenokee Swamp and the Lowcountry. My aim is to preserve a representation of these natural spaces before they are irrevocably changed.

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