Uprise Art / New York 2018
Collage / Works on Paper
Ingrid Daniell (b. 1971) is an Australian painter and collage artist. Her landscape work is influenced by themes of deep time, specifically the Anthropocene, the current geological age defined by humankind’s measured impact on the earth. Daniell’s paintings attempt to strike balance in disorderly landscapes, at once proposing an idyllic space devoid of humanity while nodding toward threats of landslides and earthquakes. These meditations on the earth and humanity’s relationship to our environment speak to universal impulses toward belonging, as well as connection to a natural environment that defines part of humankind’s identity, even as it shifts out of recognition.
De Constructed Landscapes explores our earth as a fragile beauty on the verge of a dystopian relic; using my own ‘back yard’ of the surf coast; at low tide with crumbling cliffs, chunks of rock as inspiration, highlighting the threat of climate change on our fragile and precious environment in the age of Anthropocene.
I continue to explore my love for landscape from the edge of our land; always incorporating the ocean as part of my landscape view; our oceans now heavily polluted with our post consumer plastic waste need time for focus, action and mindful consideration to the link between the depth of time and our impact on earth.
Spending countless days immersing myself in these sacred landscapes, observing the changes in the ocean moods, the light on the rocks, the ever crumbling cliffs, the shimmer of the light as it plays on the sediment layers in the cliffs and evidence of life millions of years old preserved in their fragile layers; discovering new perspectives, feeling the hum of nature as it continues to strive; time for experiential reflection, and connection.
Considering the landscape de constructed helps break down the works into a metaphor for time and life’s fleeting and selfish realities that compound and impact our earth. I am drawn to landscapes that offer a sense of solitude, majesty, mystery, places that feel removed from the chaos of our current day; they offer a sacred experience; of which as humans crave for a sense of belonging and relief. Australia’s vast stretch of coast line; provide the perfect symbol to highlight the state of our earth climate change, anthropocene, humanity.