contemporary abstract landscape paintings by dawn chandler

the textual landscape paintings

Rarely when we recall a journey across the land, is our memory in sharp focus. Rather, our memories become a sequence of impressions—a collage of the vistas, colors, textures and shapes that we encountered along our journey’s path.
Dawn Chandler’s paintings are a celebration of  journeys across the land. By merging traditional landscape imagery with fragments of text and abstract elements, Dawn’s “textual landscapes” suggest land and place in a way that invites the viewer to linger. More than ‘nature studies’ or simple abstractions of the landscape, for Dawn these paintings are deeper expressions of not only journeys in the outdoors, but the passage of time and transience of life. Paint spatters and swirls suggest the movements of birds, often great flocks of them. Vertical lines divide the space into passageways and chapters of time, thought and experience. Fragments of language—most recently reflections on life and the outdoors from Dawn’s own journals—emerge in a sort of ghost poetry, further beckoning the the viewer to linger and consider the journeys evoked within each painting.

For further information of her Textual Landscapes, please contact Dawn via the Contact page.