Tanya Zaryski

Statement

I have worn regular paths through the valley where I live, driving to town for this and that. Like the deer have their trails, and the foxes, there are certain houses and fields I pass by, remarking on them and marking my progress. Here is the red house that used to be blue, here's the fancy brick place, here's the barn that's painted two colours.... I imagine the inhabitants and their daily lives, count each familiar building like a hopscotch song from here to there.

Sometimes the trip is incredible and sometimes mundane, depending on the light, the season, and my own state of being.

Working from photographs snapped out of the car window, I make panoramic views of my countryside. The format mirrors the long, drawn-out landscape unfolding as the car travels past. Working back into the finished painting with a drawing tool, I pick out details and draw on the surface, animating it and pulling the image together. I feel I become a chronicler, working to remember how the land looks at a certain moment, never be re-visited.

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