For the past few months I’ve been working on a commission for the city of Eagan, MN, for their annual CSA project. No, I’m not growing green beans. In this case, CSA stands for Community-Supported Art. Each year, six artists are chosen to create a series of 25 original works, which are distributed to people who buy a share at the end of the summer during the “Art Harvest”.
I thought this was an interesting model for paying artists and I was thrilled to be selected as one of the artists to participate!
My body of work for this project is now complete and I’m excited to share it with you.
This series of collage paintings was inspired by my experiences in the landscapes of Minnesota. Having lived in Minnesota for just three years, these landscapes still feel new and surprising to me. I’m struck most by the contrast of colors within the landscape: intense, deep blues and greens in summer; spruce green and aspen yellow setting each other off in autumn; electric pink and orange reflections in the lake at twilight; barren whites and yellows against the rich blue of a winter sky. I hope that by expressing my experiences in this way, you will be struck by the same feelings of wonder and inspiration that I feel within these unique landscapes.
To see the whole series of 25 Minnesota landscapes, and to learn about my process in creating them, click here!