I use paint to question how screens have shifted our understanding of landscape. I merge landscape images with abstract techniques to create works that capture the tension between a painted surface and a screen. Using applications that are both controlled and improvisational, I play with flatness vs. depth and opacity vs. transparency. Condensing the digital impression and the painterly into one surface, I create an image that is at once familiar but also removed, thus challenging the viewer to question technology’s role in our perception of nature.
Areas of Interest: Landscape, Glitch Aesthetics, DataMoshing, Virtual Space, Computer Screen Savers, Hudson River School and the American Sublime
Ruth Lantz, originally from Illinois, received her Masters in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland, OR in 2010. Her work has been featured nationally at numerous galleries and institutions. Her work was showcased at the Portland International Airport and at the Fringe Festival at Southern Oregon University. Recently, she was a participant in the “Making a Better Painting” Symposium at the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. She is currently an instructor at Portland Community College and Washington State University Vancouver.