Peter Roux

artist statement

I like working with landscape as a platform for exploring the processes of contemporary seeing.  Paintings of things are, of course, not the things themselves but rather signifiers, explorations of experience.  This holds true for visual language in all forms- implied realism to “pure” abstraction.  

Our culture, more deeply than any other in history, relates to space through recorded illusions of it- again, through explorations of experience.  This shapes how we see.

In the Suspension series I'm interested in utilizing somewhat "epic" landscape subjects - clouds, large open spaces- as visual pulls into illusory space, and then setting these against elements of flat mark-making.  I’m curious about all the dynamics that are set in motion by relating one type of visual vocabulary against another.  In these offsets I find tensions and relationships that reflect on how contemporary spatial language, and therefore contemporary space itself, can be understood.