Monday, December 5, 2011

Louise Butler

Louise Butler's practice flows easily between 2D and 3D work, with painting at the foreground, where new landscapes are revealed and idealised places appear. Here the artificial blends with the organic in sublime and uncanny ways. Louise’s investigations of surrounding landscapes, from her locality, to lands further a field, finds undiscovered new worlds that now become exposed. However, these new discoveries make her more aware of the human interventions that are marking the landscape. The idea that nature has become mediated by tourist attractions, explaining where the best places to experience nature from, thus turning the wilderness into an object to be consumed, interests her also. The more controlling human presence telling us what we should want from nature, the more we want the pure untouched ‘original’ version of nature.