CHERYL MOLNAR

 

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STATEMENT

The fictional landscapes depicted in my collage paintings are inspired by places Iíve been, but reimagined into exaggerated environments that reflect manís alternation of nature. So often, land is raised to make way for prefabricated housing developments, strip malls and industrial parks, which alter the natural beauty that initially attracted developers to these sites. The large-scale paintings are created though collaging strips of oil-stained paper onto natural birch panels. Architectural elements are carved directly into the wood and then stained with oil, creating permanent incisions into the wood itself, symbolizing the permanence of the altered landscape.