Designed to simulate rapture, or the transition from earth to sky, this installation poses questions about the way we have come to view the land, and the reality of our existence within mapped space.
Each object acts as an effort to contain the sky—an absurd proposition given the enormity of an entire atmosphere. While clouds appear untouched and unending, land below the horizon takes on the human-drawn partitions brought by colonial development practices: manifested as fences, property lines, and other symbols of ownership.
The sculptures on view take the shape of the unusual geometries created by these land boundaries. Individual photographs are paired with a form drawn from satellite imagery. This act of containment subverts the premise of the shaped canvas, which emerged out of abstract painting and a desire to break free of the traditional borders of a four-sided surface. Here, the irregular frames create limitations, bounding the clouds’ expanse to the edges of the form.
The result is a fractured view of a sublime landscape—each artwork an attempt to capture the sacred and surreal beauty of the sky, if only for one moment. In undertaking this impossible task, the construction of the shaped clouds reveals the complex and often violent relationship between people and the lands we occupy.