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Seana Reilly

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

My work formally acknowledges present day geo-environmental realities while attempting to recapture some aspect of the complex emotional reaction we have when we encounter nature in a profound and visceral way.

In my lifetime the geopolitical dialogue on the subject of nature and our place in it has changed dramatically from one of abundance and exploitation to one of fear and mitigation. My work can be seen as participating in the discourse on power and destruction, both of and from the natural environment. Many of the same physical forces that shaped the earth – gravity, fluid dynamics, and erosion – also shape my imagery. My formal interventions into the work speak to human efforts to understand, classify, and both mentally and physically subdue nature.

My sources of inspiration can be found in the earth sciences, architecture, and Buddhist thought.

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