Laura Fisher

Artist Statement

My imagined landscapes speak both to division and to unity. Many views, one horizon line. Many roads, one sky. I don't depict specific places in factual detail, but rather I illustrate what it feels like to travel through a particular environment, what it looks like through the window of a car or an airplane, what is remembered about faraway places when returning to familiar ones. We view so many of our surroundings through the compressed vertical orientation of our phones, and it's a compelling visual puzzle to portray a landscape the way our eyes widely take it in, while acknowledging our modern way of seeing in narrow slices. Oil paint allows me to work with both subtle and pronounced interplays of color to delineate these slices and slivers, as well as to tie them together across an articulated horizon.