after: View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, MA, after a thunderstorm - The Oxbow (1836) by Thomas Cole; framed: 6h x 7.80w in I've always admired snow scenes from the Northern Renaissance in which tiny dots of snow were applied directly onto the surface of an otherwise completed painting. The bravado it must have taken to believe that additional points of white pigment would improve rather than detract has always been awe-inspiring to me. Both Where the Snow in Snow Globes Came From and On a Snowy Night began with a desire to flirt with that fine line between the betterment and ruination of a finished painting. In each, I worked to reproduce art-historical imagery that I've always admired, as faithfully as possible. From there, I set out to see how far my comfort zone could be pushed. By adding small pieces of snow globe snow, my desire was to highlight the artificiality of my additions. The resulting accumulations demand consideration of the ways we interact with our landscapes—claiming ownership of things much larger than ourselves, imagining ourselves to be superior to our surroundings—and the ways the we're unnaturally altering the climate of those environments.
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JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY is a collective environment of creative visions featuring monthly exhibitions of (inter)national, emerging to established, contemporary artists.