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Lindsay Hansen

Environmental Science Educator // Trail Worker // Artist

"Ghandruk", 24" x 36", oil on canvas, 2017

"Ghandruk", 24" x 36", oil on canvas, 2017

I'm inspired by the Earth, and by human interactions, connections with, spirituality toward, and exploitation of this one Earth we inhabit. I find healing and energy in the quiet solitude found in natural spaces. I am interested in human interactions with ecosystems; people are often seen as either completely removed from the natural landscape, or indubitably a part of it – there is no middle ground. In my paintings, I am exercising an exploration of the interaction of humans with the natural world of the Earth. 

Detail of "Salmonidae", 14" x 96", oil on log, 2015

Detail of "Salmonidae", 14" x 96", oil on log, 2015

By tearing apart, rearranging, reimagining, and reconstructing landscapes, I am applying a human hand, a human alteration, to each landscape that indisputably changes the character and nature of that space. Each painting is an attempt to understand how much alteration the landscapes, ecosystems, and natural spaces on Earth can withstand before they are no longer recognizable as Earth.

Nitrogen, 48" x 24", Oil on canvas, 2015

Nitrogen, 48" x 24", Oil on canvas, 2015

From my background in biology and ecology research, I have been instilled with an awe for biodiversity. Through a combination of my landscape-inspired art works and an ongoing study based in scientific illustration and ecosystem appropriation, my species account works intend to inspire excitement and wonderment for biology, science, and connections with nature from varying cultural viewpoints. 

Plumas, 12" x 30", Oil and acrylic on canvas, 2016

Plumas, 12" x 30", Oil and acrylic on canvas, 2016

With a focus in morphological accuracy, but with inspiration from discrepancies, differences, and mutations within nature, these works celebrate the knowledge that humans are not the only creatures inhabiting and influencing the Earth. My palette is informed by scientific explorations of mine and others: colors of alpine forests, lakes, wetlands, and deserts, as well as the human body and its wastes.  

Moonlight, 12" x 30", Oil and acrylic on canvas, 2016

Moonlight, 12" x 30", Oil and acrylic on canvas, 2016

While I use a diversity of materials in my works, I try to focus on materials that are inherently similar between humans and other living things: oils, wood, natural fibers, biological tissues. Experimentation with tension, complexity, confusion and muddling in the set up of the paint is vital in order to reflect on the confusing and complicated self-administered separation of humans with nature. Conflict between types of forms, in botched stratigraphy lines, non sequitur horizons, and fragmented figures in my works are a search for this long-lost relationship between our planet and us.

Conflict between types of forms, in botched stratigraphy lines, non sequitur horizons, and fragmented figures in my works are a search for this long-lost relationship between our planet and us.