© 2019 KELLY BROOKS

Land and Sea

oil on panel

This body of work explores the relationship between the static and fluid qualities of natural spaces, specifically the coast of Southern Mexico and the Wasatch Plateau. At the edge of a wave washing up, each wave leaves a thin line of silt on the sand then recedes back into the ocean. Silt is alternatively pushed and pulled repeatedly by each wave and the curved lines create overlapping shapes. There is a familiarity in the patterns of the lines and the outline of mountains. My Utah mountains are in southern Oaxaca. I live near mountains and these shapes and contours are more representative of the land rather than the sea. I’m interested in the visual and sensory overlapping of grounded geologic formation versus the cyclic, fleeting motion of the sea.