December 31, 2018

How is human consumption altering the natural landscape?

Lucie Holzer


In this series I explore tensions between agriculture and the natural landscape through a rhythmic and meditative language of mark making. In an era where mass consumption and exploitation of natural resources is rampant it is important to consider the unique position of the cultivated landscape as an active site of negotiation between human intervention and the rhythms of natural growth.

The imagery in these works is derived from satellite views of Malaysian rainforest altered by palm oil cultivation and the tactile surfaces of palm oil trees. As agricultural landscapes occupy a liminal position between the natural and artificial, motifs of codependency are imbued in the structure and process of their abstracted depictions.

I represent spaces and surfaces through dense linear drawings wherein the placement of each mark depends on the last and repetition is used as a means of achieving an experiential understanding of complex growth cycles. These drawings are then layered through the fluid, playful medium of print to create a multiplicity of hybrid images. Digital manipulation enables me to juxtapose depictions of vast landscapes and the fragile, tactile surfaces of plants, resulting in images wherein animated tensions and unexpected harmonies between cultivation and growth are manifested physically.


Series of single edition giclée prints on paper.
Each print is 59.4 x 84.1 cm