Working in oil, casein, and drawing media, I create work that reflects a sensitivity to human vulnerability and aims to trigger a sensory response that evokes memory and heightened awareness. I travel to places that elicit emotional stimuli with my camera in hand. Dwellings, land inflicted with environmental damage or human alteration, historical locations, or the seemingly mundane make their way into my paintings. When translating the photographs into paint and pencil, I intend to express a collective uneasiness of the times. Painting desolate or familiar places becomes a way to empathize and make the overlooked special.
My drawings explore complex questions of land, home, and the psychological impact of expansion in the west. I intend these works to be contemplative and to bring forth multiple associations and conflicting emotions regarding our environment: the often personal, sentimental, and tender memories of home, the comfort and beauty of the ordinary landscape, painful histories, and the anxieties of living in a world forever altered by human-caused climate change.
Irene Nicole Anderson is the Gallery Route Fellow for 2022-23.