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LaDawna Whiteside

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

Landscape abstraction continues to be the primary focus of my artwork. My recent series, Formation, recalls the familiar geological landscape where I live in the Central United States. Arkansas is known for its landscape and natural beauty.

Northwest Arkansas is part of an expansive geological site referred to as the U. S. Interior Highlands situated between the Eastern Appalachians and the Western Rocky Mountains. Building railroads and highways across the United States required blasting through rock formations exposing geological cross sections creating greater access to rural areas once inhabited primarily by natives and my kinfolk.

The Formation Series is a mapping process with neutral pigments as I spread paint across the surface directionally, to the north, south, east and west. I am reminded that what lies beneath supports what lives above. I consider the idea that the human body and experience replicates the landscape topography’s peaks and valleys.

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