About My Work
Phyllis Anderson Art: Hearing the Call of the Wild
Like many of us, I am drawn to wild places and the elemental power of mountains, where we can experience a regeneration of the spirit. In my art practice, I seek to synthesize the wilderness experience and how it impacts our daily lives. It’s the eternal “call of the wild,” the yearning for a connection with nature, where nature is dominant and humans are subservient. There is the momentary awareness of geologic eons that contrasts with the brevity of our own lives, the “visions of the freedom of eternity.”
The landscape tradition has long embraced a range of artistic interpretations, and I explore expressionist, visionary and abstract approaches. Some works are place-specific, while others are abstracted variations of the landscape. For me, the use of expressive marks creates energy, a dance of color across the surface. Fragments of text add layers of meaning, while collaged photographs are sometimes used to “document” the visual experience, providing a sense of place. (Please click for more information on my literary sources.)
The result shatters the subjective image, perhaps disallowing a grandiose, sublime version of the wilderness. Instead, these pieces describe a hyper-kinetic, erratic landscape, more suited to our age of anxiety, habitat devastation and climate change, while embracing the enduring rhythm and energy of the high country.