Original oil and acrylic on canvas by Andrew Gault
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“I have turned to the landscape because men disappoint me:
the trunk of a tree is proud; when the woodmen fell it,
it still has a contained Ionic solemnity:
it is a rounded event without the need to tell it.
I have never been compelled to turn away from the dawn
because it carries treason behind its wakened face:
even the horned ram, glowering over the bog-hole,
thought symbol of evil, will step through the blown grass with grace.”. -John Hewitt
Don’t we all turn to the landscape for solace and rejuvenation when we are tired or disappointed. The landscape is in its nature an act of remembrance for the people who created and left, passing into the landscape of our minds. Turning to landscape we turn to face humanity but those no longer present, we remember our past and ultimately discover ourselves.