MILA LIBMAN

Artist Statement

Changing Landscape

My new body of work is based on my fascination with the patterns that I find in nature.  Landscape as the subject allows me to explore the duality of how something very photographic and real from one perspective, can become completely abstract from another. That fine line between the representation and abstraction is what interests me.

My drawing process is constantly evolving. Most of my recent drawings are made with dry pigments rubbed over large sheets of paper then a pattern is erased into it. The scale plays a big role in the experience of each image. The photographs serve as an entry point and as an initial structure. The materials and the process lead the way. My ultimate goal is to arrive to the place when the drawing leaves me with a sense of wonder, the same feeling that I have when I take photographs of nature in the first place. I’m not trying to imitate reality, but to create reality from within.