The Invented Landscape
Paintings by Nancy Sableski
Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall, Arnold Arboretum
Exhibit runs February 21–May 29, 2015
Just as the Arnold Arboretum is an invented landscape, so are the paintings in this exhibition. While every work of art is an invention, Nancy Sableski takes this concept a step further by painting imagined landscapes that are constructed by blending multiple images taken with her cellphone. In this way she invents places that don’t exist but which clearly refer to the Arboretum. This technique allows her to examine aspects of landscape that continually capture her imagination: the interplay of powerful verticals, unpredictable diagonals, and receding horizontals.
According to Nancy,
“Many years ago I learned that masonite was an inexpensive and portable surface to paint on, and easy to prepare: three coats of shellac, and off you go. Now masonite panels are an indispensable part of my work. The shellacked masonite turns to a deep brown surface, and oil paint glides and slithers on this slickness. I love to watch the image takes shape as the colors are laid down thick or thin over the coffee-colored gloss. There’s an inherent drama from the very beginning of the painting.”
Since 2000, Nancy has been Manager of Children’s Education at Arnold Arboretum, which serves over 2,400 students each year in programs that emphasize small group learning with a strong hands-on component. Learning opportunities continue throughout the year.