The New Wilderness
On Thats Which Remains
Man’s relationship with the alpine environment remains the principal theme of this ongoing body of work, but unlike Crowded Slopes, where I explore man’s need to control and dominate, The New Wilderness attests to our insignificance and vulnerability against the power of the natural world. In this way, I am more directly inspired by the Romantic tradition – evoking feelings of mystery, silence and solitude – or what remains of the experience of solitude. These emotions are implicit in vast empty space, diminutive human presence and the mystical qualities of the landscape. However, unlike the work of the German Romantics and American 19th century artists and writers, these images document contemporary concern for the environment and the traces we leave behind.