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Landscape for Rodin 2
“Landscape for Rodin 2” was conceptualized and structured on a photograph of a part of the surface of the sculpture “The Gates of Hell” by Auguste Rodin, located at Stanford University.
A landscape painting can be an imaginative expression that allows the viewer to provide his/her own interpretation, and it need not be of a specific scene that one is familiar with. It is more that just copying or imitating nature, it should represent the essence and the general principles of nature. The process of creating landscape paintings structured from photographs provide a framework that is both realistic and abstracted at the same time.
Working directly on the surface of the photograph, Japanese fine point pens and, on occasion, paint and/or colored pencil, define a landscape while simultaneously removing the “realism” of the photograph. The photograph is not retouched, enhanced, or manipulated digitally in any way. The introduction of the abstracted landscape leaves more room for the viewer to participate, adding their own feelings and personal visual histories.
Leonardo Da Vinci urged artists to meditate on the most mundane forms in nature – a rock, a cloudy sky, an old wall, marble – to find the “likeness of divine landscapes and an infinity of things”. Great pleasure comes from creating a scene that draws the viewer into their own imaginative, creative processes. This merging of realism and abstraction reveals the real beauty of a landscape, while also inviting the viewer to be a participant in the imaginative power of the wonders found in nature.