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Genesis Chapman

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

My art aims to examine and investigate Bent Mountain, Virginia, a small rural community in the Blue Ridge Mountains where I grew up.
I want my art to show the respect and love I have for nature and to highlight the changes, which have occurred to this place during my life time.
These changes, (some natural and gradual, some, accelerated by technology) have left me with a deep sense of loss.
Through meticulous ink drawing I document the most basic elements that shape the landscape; weather, air, water, stones and fire, while the rest of the environment is featureless void. The trees, plants, animals, are present in their glaring and painful absence.
Emphasizing what may disappear questions the transitional aspect of what we really experience in nature . What does it mean to love and identify with a place, to call it home, and to watch it change

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