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category:  Unnatural Nature
West 104k

This artwork is on view at the Museum of Arts and Design in the exhibition Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities.

I was mainly a painter but I created endless drawings and occasional etchings and monotype prints, along with various kinds of sculpture. It wasn’t until I started building and photographing landscapes in a water-filled aquarium, however, that I knew I had found my signature work. Working with a large-format camera and pouring paint into the water, I was able to bring my landscapes to life. I stopped painting entirely in 1991.

I make artworks that are generally appealing landscapes, something everyone can identify with on some level. On closer inspection, the landscape breaks down into simple materials such as plaster, paint, water, and multicolored lights suggesting a circuitous connection with postmodern art via a more conceptual approach to historical quotation— the fabrication of artificial realities and a simulacra of worlds.

Courtesy of Kinz + Tillou Fine Art, New York

Materials: 

Model constructed with: Colored plaster, liquid house painters pigment, lights, colored gels, pillow stuffing material, model railroad materials, readymade trees, hand-built trees, various materials found on the streets and in the parks of New York, plastic flowers, 200 gallon aquarium, water