Jill Lear is known for her large-scale mixed media renderings of magnificent trees identified by their coordinates. In these, she expresses the landscape as a particular, defined and measured place - those PLACES identified by longitude and latitude. While completing a 2010 artist residency at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, Lear broadened her explorations to include the idea of territory, that amorphous, intuitive SPACE arrived at through an accumulation of sensory experiences.
"At Yaddo, surrounded by the beauty and stillness of the environment; and challenged (and stimulated) by the writers, painters, composers and poets in attendance, I continued to study how we process the world around us. In a dialogue with one of the composers, I discovered that my approach to painting - using intervals, clusters and the space between things to create an experience - is the same process he used to compose music. Suddenly, I began to see both my work and the landscape differently. This simple revelation expanded my vision from PLACE to SPACE."
Lear's mixed media work moves between what she calls landscape (place) and territory (space). Landscape represents "the experience of being in a particular place defined by measurement and proportion, negative space and positive forms, color and light." Other works, such as the territory series, are more intuitive. They are "about possibilities, about the future, about that which has yet to be defined. It is the accumulation of sensory experiences, sound, light and color bouncing off of apexes and hollows, producing a sense of space and form rather than a literal place to read."
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