[all work by/belong to Jeanne Opgenhaffen, images via her web site]
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I could tell you that the reason why I love artistic expressions of topography/geography is because I was up a tree looking down at the earth more often than not when I was a kid and that should explain it. But. I think it's a bit deeper than that because it feels like such a visceral sense of wonder for me to look at work like Jeanne Opgenhaffen's. Her ceramic layers of strata feel like a simultaneous slice of above (airy and temporal) and below (rich and solidified.) I think work that references topography inspires a dissonant, dualistic feeling of small/big, in/out. And I love it. Even if I can't fully explain or understand it.