My painting process is heavily influenced by the use of collage and the fragmentation of compositional components. I physically cut and paste images of various landscape locations and reassemble them in a fun and playful way. I then transfer the collage onto canvas. This process brings about a sense of childlike wonder and amusement. To be able to find joy in the crafty nature of cutting and pasting found imagery brings me back to that sought after spirit of childhood.
The images that I find for my collages are most often from Google, though I also find them in magazines, old photographs of my own, postcards, books, or anything else I can find. The search for these images becomes something like a treasure hunt. The collecting and storing of these physical objects captures a tactile attraction for me while in the process of finding them. Since most of these images come from the web, printing them, cutting them and taping them together to make new images, gives them a real identity in the physical world; something that can now be felt and held rather than simply looked at on a screen and forgotten about.
The role of internet imagery today has transformed the idea of space and location. We now have the ability to see any place or space we know the name of. While this does not even come close to actually being there, the fact that these images or souvenirs one takes from a place they visit and gives to a friend, are now circulated to everyone around the world who owns a computer with an internet connection. People now have the ability to travel the world without every going anywhere, creating a simulation of travel and experience with natural places. To simulate an interaction with nature may widen the divide between people and wilderness, though it also creates a way for us to access our thoughts about nature without having to sacrifice the expense of getting there.
The image of landscape has become something so often seen that it no longer contains the emotional weight it once had. This experience is what has driven me to rethink the ways I see imagery while surfing the web, to reevaluate their purpose and importance on the ways in which we now understand the visual world.