Listen to the Silence


United States

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Size: 24 H x 36 W x 2 in

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Art Description

Painting: Acrylic, Oil and Mixed Media on Paper and Wood.

“The scene in ’Listen to the Silence’ is the hike up New Mexico’s highest summit, Wheeler Peak. The two figures stand at a spectacular overlook: below is Williams Lake, and out beyond them to the west is the Taos Ski Valley. The text emerging in this painting comes from ‘The Call of the Wild,’ the epic poem by Robert Service.

This is one of my "textual landscapes" wherein I merge passages of traditional landscape with semi-abstraction and words. Here is a bit more about my "textual landscapes":

Rarely when we recall a journey across the land, is our memory in sharp focus. Rather, our memories become a sequence of impressions—a collage of the vistas, colors, textures and shapes that we encountered along our journey’s path.

My paintings are a celebration of journeys across the land. By merging traditional landscape imagery with fragments of text and abstract elements, my “textual landscapes” suggest land and place in a way that invites the viewer to linger. More than ‘nature studies’ or simple abstractions of the landscape, for me these paintings are deeper expressions of not only journeys in the outdoors, but the passage of time and transience of life. Paint spatters and swirls suggest the movements of birds, often great flocks of them. Vertical lines divide the space into passageways and chapters of time, thought and experience. Fragments of language—most recently reflections on life and the outdoors from my own journals—emerge in a sort of ghost poetry, further beckoning the the viewer to linger and consider the journeys evoked within each painting.

Keywords: abstract landscape, Taos New Mexico, mixed media landscape, new mexico art, contemporary landscape, dawn chandler artist, language in art, wheeler peak taos ski area, backpacking hiking art

Subjects: Landscape

Styles: Abstract, Impressionism, Contemporary, Fine Art

Mediums: Acrylic, Oil, Mixed Media

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