LANDFORMS

Artist Statement

“I distress and alter each support to metaphorically suggest those natural processes that shape the earth”

This work addresses the physical nature of land; the manifestation of time revealed in strata and landforms, layered with topographical changes. This series references: geology, geography, and maps. Geological formations of Lethbridge, Alberta inform my methodology. This new ongoing body of work alludes to crystalline patterns, sedimentary deposits, rivers, roadways and bridges.

I work on a variety of substrates: drawing papers, mylar, found surfaces such as plastic, cardboard packaging and books. I distress and alter a support to visually and metaphorically suggest those natural processes that shape the earth. Deep earth tones contrasted with areas of high-intensity colour correspond to man-made colour legends from geological time-scales. Ink-drawn lines and marks reference rivers and roadways. I construct a conglomerate of small pieces, which I overlap and layer to echo natural physical features of the earth’s surface.

 The language of cartography and geomorphology - the study of landforms and the processes that shape them - Influence my ideas, inform my choice of materials and the techniques that I employ in the buildup and creation of these drawings.

© Jill Ehlert - 2014   

Click here to see LandForms I and LandForms II in my 2014 show "Through the Strange"

LANDFORMS I

"LandForms  I "  56" " X 79" © Jill Ehlert - 2014

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LANDFORMS II

"LandForms II"  64.5" x 74.5"   © Jill Ehlert 2014

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Time, elements, human manipulation, 

Glaciers, carved deep winding paths and contours, creeping, slumping,  steep walled valleys. Rivers - ebb and flow over  time and space, retreat, flood, melt, wind, sand blasting, joints, faults, 

Coal, bacterial decay, compaction, heat, time, pressure, compression, peat altered physically and chemically.