“Even within the most beautiful landscape, in the trees, under the leaves, the insects are eating each other; violence is a part of life.” Francis Bacon
Elemental Landscapes is a personal reflection on the changing volcanic landscape of Kilauea Volcano at its point of connection with the sky, through frozen images of its slow-moving dark lava and the seemingly infinite horizons of clouds, mist and empty space.
Our world and bodies and minds are constantly changing, and the turmoil that lies in this perpetual movement fascinates me. These empty landscapes suggest invisible dangers, the chaos of destruction and the slow invisible process of regeneration.
Standing in this landscape, I can only relate to it during this time – a state of being in a fleeting relationship and at the same time an intense presence. It is constantly changing. For me, the lava is a metaphor of constant change.
I try to suggest something beyond what is apparent. It’s all about the unknown – that’s what I look for in landscapes. I’m looking for what it feels like to close one’s eyes and not know.