Kendra Larson

Kendra Larson

My work seeks to depict landscapes that maintain a reverence for the history of painting, but ultimately give contemporary voice to our understanding of place. Landscapes can speak to power, commodity, Romanticism, nostalgia, allegory, fear, and wonderment. While they are rich in complexity, the idea of a landscape is malleable. In other words, mankind defines and impacts nature. Our depictions of place and ideas of beauty reflect that. As the painter Gerhard Richter once wrote, “Every beauty we see in landscape – every enchanting color effect, or tranquil scene, or powerful atmosphere, every gentle linearity or magnificent spatial depth or whatever – is out projection; and we can switch it off at a moment's notice, to reveal only the appalling horror and ugliness.