New and alternative media projects often exist in an ephemeral way. Site-specific works are often time dependent. How do you record the work and reach a wider audience? Landscape Mosaics is a compilation of decades worth of experimentation. There is an understandable progression of technologies. Landscape Mosaics documents landscape pattern and color change using traditional and new technologies to explore the coastal landscape and collaborates with scientists to explain how the coastal landscape is adapting to a warmer climate, higher seas and armored development along the fragile shores.

The landscape art aesthetic and vocabulary have changed from the days of the salon. New technologies have offered artists new tools for communication. Often, the progression of art movements, as Georges Seurat’s’ pointillism’ merge with new technologies, as Lichtenstein’s enlarged printer’s dots and the pixels of digital work today. Landscape Mosaics pixel panels are an exacting study of the microscopic enlarged to macro size. The proposed Estuary Panels set hundreds of color-blended panels into the spartina marsh. A scaled model and computer simulation were created for this installation. The Leaves in Grass series were hand made spartina grass leaves of an artists book imprinted with the computer generated color palette of the spartina grass in blended colors. The work was woven into the marsh grasses and photographed within the sea of grass. An art writer, grounded in art history and contemporary work, can place Landscape Mosaics in context and break new ground on color theory.

Precedents would include Josef Albers writings on the interrelationship of colors. Other writings include John Gage, Color and Meaning-Art, Science and Symbolism looks at the meaning of color through the ages. Margaret Livingstone looks at how the human visual system translates light into color. Felice Frankel, Envisioning Science explains and illustrates science through meticulous documentation. Andy Goldsworthy illuminates the poetry of nature. Most writing on the coastal landscape is within scientific journals and agency reports. Popular books serve as travelogues through the seaside landscape with one exception. John and Mildred Teal wrote the Life and Death of the Salt Marsh based on years of patient observation, like J.R. Fabre, where science is a joy to read.

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