In this series, my process starts by aerially exploring the Northern Hemisphere on Google Earth and observing the frozen tundra. By focusing in on the texture of the terrain I noticed that grooves in the icy earth exhibit elaborate patterns. In Photoshop, I began to layer these grooves to create movement reminiscent of water. Each layer, like in a stream, represents different channels of movement. After creating compositions using this process of discovery I render them into paintings, with each digital layer representing a layer on the canvas. While writing about this series I realized that I discovered a natural process called supraglacial hydrology, which is the annual melt of glaciers. As the glacier runs off it creates streams depositing glacial sediments and reworking the glacial landforms. I find that this process illustrates a parallel idea of which I am pursuing within this series. The topography moves and reworks itself over and over again creating a unique moment, a static ripple of water. Together each unique layer in these paintings exhibit the feeling of water. Water is, itself, an emotionally evocative subject, especially of those who live all their lives near it and are affected by it. When I discovered this process, Southern Louisiana - a place I call home - has been flooded from excessive rain. With the rapid pace of coastal erosion and sea levels rising, there is no doubt water will play an increasingly significant role in our future. As the glaciers move change, melt, refreeze and melt again that water flows to us; we as a species have to adapt to this process.
Acrylic and Gel Medium on Canvas
48" x 96"
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Take a look at a tree with its full body and ascending branches. Feel the grooves in the bark and study the texture. Now fly above the land and look out to see a sprawling forest and the complexities of its surrounding terrain. You will start to see a communion between the Earth and all its formations. I am inspired by this relationship as well as the colors, textures and patterns of the natural world. Through abstraction (form, line, and color) I like to transform these elements into emotional landscapes. I am interested in the perception of space and the interchange between positive and negative. Through observation I like to understand a landscape and the complexity of its transformation through natural or man-made processes. Most recently I use aerial photography that I layer and manipulate in Photoshop to create designs that I then paint. My work utilizes technology, but is balanced with the handmade.
Blenker has been developing and evolving a personal aesthetic in her artistic endeavors since childhood. Growing up outdoors in Northern California, she began engaging in color and texture through pastels, drawings, and paintings. She later honed her skills under Kathy Reed at the Lafayette Parish High School Arts Academy in Louisiana, where she learned a solid foundation in design principles and techniques. This heavily influenced her decision to attend Pratt Institute in New York City. After leaving the Institute, she moved back to Louisiana to begin her artistic pursuits. She now lives in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans. She spends most of her time painting at her studio and moving through the city, embracing the culture.
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