Janise Yntema | A Sense of Place
February 26, 2019 1:01 pm
A Sense of Place
Landscape and Identity, by Janise Yntema
How do we locate reality in an age when alternative truths frame both politics and press? Is photography objective in representing recorded fact, or has it always been an alternative truth? And where lies certainty within digital imaging, when what is objective and what is manipulated has been blurred, fact is changed and what was once understood is questioned?
Certain facts have no alternatives. Since before the great forests were felled, manipulation of landscape has altered our ecosystem. Whether by plastic micro-particle or accumulated chemical compounds, the changes today may not always be seen, but remain unquestionably real.
This use of beeswax draws the conversation to environmental concerns. Will beeswax encaustic, the oldest known painting technique, remain viable?
What can remain of our attachment to landscape in this globalized world? Our cultural construct as individual identity, our memories of the sublime. It is idea of landscape that will exist. Somewhere between the myth and reality, therein lies the truth.
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