Acrylic, plaster, carbon and salt on wood panels
Believing that there is no distinction between environmental and humanitarian concerns, inspired by the view from the top of Telescope Peak looking out over a landscape altered by California’s ongoing drought, the diptych PARCH is an attempt to articulate to the viewer the intensity and terror of that which is already in motion: cataclysmic change that has etched itself visibly into the land, seas, and skies with an alarming rapidity. Rather than in some unforeseeable future, we are already witnesses to what may be the irreversible summation of human history.
As writer Rob Halpern describes the work: “Tanya Hollis’s stunning PARCH offers a horizon from which we can see beyond the perils of our anthropocene. Like homeopathic medicine for the eye, the work’s elemental vision and geologic scale inform a feeling of drought as if transfigured from space, allowing us to see our own condition as if for the first time. Hollis’s sculptural canvases—exquisitely rendered with plaster, acrylic paint, pigment, iron, and salt—are parchments from an archive of the present. You cannot not see this work without risking oblivion.”
PARCH, installation view, Right Window Gallery, 2015
PARCH [detail right panel], 2015
PARCH [detail left panel], 2015