Icefjord II     Acrylic & mixed media on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Copyright: Jane Rushton 2014
GREENLAND: PROXIMITY & DISTANCE
To travel on foot for a lengthy period, carrying all one needs for survival, seeing no one but a single companion, enables a complete immersion in a landscape. In so doing, in the raw and remote landscape of Western Greenland, (first in 2000, and again in 2006) the subtleties and nuances of colour, texture, sound, movement and smell invade ones sensibilities, and grow in proportion.
To have as one 's companion and collaborator a geologist with many years experience of that particular landscape, whose knowledge and experience extends beyond the geological into the botanical, is a gift. Questions, conversations, observations, and explanations played a significant part in the development of Greenland: Proximity & Distance.
The works adopt techniques of paint, graphic media and digital print media, and aim to bring to light something of the less tangible elements of experience and landscape; the sense of immense space and light: the interrelated existences of rock and tundra vegetation: the complexity of colour and movement of ice, in a way that allows for a contemplative encounter.