“Artists will tread the broad, awkward, often absurd boundary between humans and nature, negotiating various roles – mediator, interloper, documenter, amateur scientist. Some directly engage the land, feeling an undeniable bond because they, of course, are of nature. A sense of responsibility calls for them to be caretakers as best they can. They dig, peel, gather, nurture. The landscape, encompassing both flora and fauna, provides solace. The natural world enters their art through a deep understanding of the landscapes subtle and monumental power, and respect for human collaboration with the earth.

The artists in Tender Landscape responded to their natural environment through curiosity, humor, or empathy. A concern for how humans affect the environment, and in turn how the environment shapes us, is a current running through the works. These artists asked their audience to carefully inspect their surroundings, to look closely and listen carefully, and be aware of the possibilities held by all-encompassing nature.”

 

-Lisa Alembik, Dalton Gallery curator 2002-2013