Emily Silver Landscape Interpretations

Emily Silver experiences a landscape, both systematically and emotionally, and then interprets and transforms her experiences into paintings.

Her paintings are a reminder that a landscape is not only defined by its tangible measurements of distance and temperature, or inventory of flora and fauna, but also by the intangible and the invisible.

Her words from her website that describe the paintings in this collection:

“Last January I took ten 7-mile walks (3.5 miles out and back) in a dashed line at the edge of Las Vegas, literally in the place where the city meets the desert. I measured distance with GPS. Systematically for each walk, I made intuitive maps; collected soil samples, rocks, and discarded objects; took photos; wrote a narrative. This provided a starting place for the paintings, which followed in later in the Ferndale studio.

These paintings embody and describe a layered experience of land and place: physical, cartographic, perceptual, emotional, and spiritual.

At the edge of Las Vegas there is a collision of forces. I challenged myself to find the line where that collision between natural and human systems can be most acutely felt.

Scale changes dramatically along this line. The city is a collection of finite measurements, compartments, and enclosures. In contrast, the desert feels like infinite distance and expansion

The demarcation of city meeting desert is oddly beautiful.”

To view more of her work, visit emilysilver.com

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