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REMOTE LANDSCAPES

In January 2020 I started a project exploring my connections to the landscapes of my childhood memories  in Mexico City. I wanted to revisit the colour and drama of those memories, whilst building a bridge to my present life in a rural village in Nottinghamshire.


One of the aims of the project, was to set up an art making process that would involve co-operation from other people. Building a collection of images  from the places people were walking around in during the 2020 lockdown, turned out to be an ideal way of gathering fresh and unexpected imagery. Having a record of what I'm calling, 'escape moments' and then weaving these images into paintings and drawings, allowed me to renew connections with people living as far as Australia, Vancouver and Indonesia. It was inspiring to see something they'd seen and experienced.

These moments of connection with geographically distant places and people, have taken on greater significance as the pandemic has evolved and changed our lives so drastically, leaving us nostaligic for the possibility of travel to the world beyond our four walls. It's been interesting to see what has captured our collective attention. Despite the growing chaos and discord around, there's an air of calm and quiet contemplation in the images people have sent in. They are capturing elements of nature with a new found sense of discovery and appreciation, and connecting with what it means to be outdoors and enjoying some freedom in a time of confinement.


It's been an enriching experience to view distant volcanoes in Mexico, to poke around vegetable patches in Essex and to get lost down mysterious wood lined pathways in Somerset. The ablity to journey to another place in my mind, has been a welcome escape.  Imagining the underwater tropical world in Cancun and having the time to ponder over the life of a lonely broom on a patio in Guadalajara, has been a most theraputic form of armchair travel. Something between escape, nostalgia and a dream. As I write this, another lockdown has started, it's the last day of 2020. The project will continue to evolve in 2021 this website's first version has been completed on the anniversary of the first lockdown the 23rd of March, 2021.

 
 

REMOTE IMAGES

2020 contributor images

24 LIZ C MENDIP HILLS SOMERSET.jpeg
27 LIZ C TRAINERS FIELD GLASTONBURY.jpeg
28 LIZ C ABANDONED HOUSE GLASTONBURY.jpe
1 STEPHANIE SHED ESSEX.jpeg
2 STEPHANIE VEG PATCH ESSEX.jpeg
42 THREE DOGS ON ROCKS PACHUCA.jpg
47 PATH TO THE TOWN PACHUCA.jpg
43 CITY SCAPE WITH SKY AND DOG PACHUCA.j
49 PACHUCA DISTANT VIEW.jpg
50 PURPLE FLOWERS NEAR CACTUS.jpg
33 SIOB FLOWER FIELD LONDON.jpeg
34 SIOB LEAF SHADOWS.jpeg
CANCUN JETTY AND BIRDS.jpg
19 IAN R FALMOUTH HARBOUR CORNWALL.jpeg
CANCUN SHARK BLUE.jpg
SPAIN DOLPHINS.jpeg
CANCUN DIVER & FISH.jpg
22 LIZ LEFTY THE SEAGUL AUSTRALIA.jpeg
8 LIQUI RED AND YELLOW ROOF BROOM MEXICO
14 FNY Humbug Creek FOLSOM CALIFORNIA.jp
37 CLARA GREEN FIELD.jpg
39 CLARA FLUFFY GREEN GRASS.jpg
7 LIQUI YELLOW TILE CHAIR GUADALAJARA.jp
16 FNY MOUNT SHASTA CALIFORNIA.jpeg
KLY CORNWALL
GUAD YELLOW BIN.jpeg
18 LIQUI NIGHT TIME CACTUS MEXICO.JPG
UK TROPICS
LONDON GARDEN
VANCOUVER SNOW
LOCKDOWN LONDON ROAD
LIZ AUSTRALIA FALLS CREEK SKI.J
BERMUDA PLANE WINDOW
BERMUDA BOATS
BERMUDA BEACH
BERMUDA FROM THE AIR
BEACH INDONESIA
ROLPH PALM TREES INDONESIA.jpg
SABRINA IBIZA BOAT BAY.jpg
KEELEY CORNWALL
KLY CORNWALL
SABRINA PINK POOL REFLECTION.jpg
SABRINA NIGHT TIME POOL.jpg
SMALL SHED LINCS
BRIDGE IN DEVON ADRIAN
CANARY WARF LONDON TONY
CANARY WARF LONDON TONY
2020 Smile
Southern Sky, London
 
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CONTRIBUTORS TO REMOTE LANDSCAPES

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to send me their personal landscapes from around the world. It has been a constant source of inspiration, and valuable connection with the 'outside' world.  Thank you also to Backlit Studios in Nottingham who have been instrumental in inspiring and enabling artists to work in new digital and collaborative ways and most of all thank you to my family, friends and art teachers (Mr Martin, Bob Evans, Gill Ledsham, Dr Richard Hickman, Mandy Wilkins) who have been the inspiration for much of this project and suppored my artistic journey over the years. This project is by no means complete and will continue to evolve in 2021 so I look forward to adding more names. Send me your landscapes! info@katiesandovalart.com

Adrian Birtwell, Totnes, Devon, UK

Lauren Adams, Nottingham, UK

Carol Syson, Cornwall, UK

Clara Frost, Molesworth, UK

David Northcott, Bermuda

Deanna Wade, Lincolnshire, UK

Elizabeth Cameron, Somerset, UK

Elizabeth Stitger, Melbourne, Australia

Enrique Sandoval, Guadalajara, Mexico

Fanita Murray, California, USA

Rolph Giddings, Bali, Indonesia

Ian Robertson, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK

Jan Baker, Nottingham, UK

Keeley Vernon, Swindon, UK

Nick Baker, Vancouver, Canada

Sabrina Blackstad, Ibiza/London, Spain

Salvador Sandoval, Pachuca, Mexico

Sarah Northcott, Lincolnshire, UK

Simon Baker, San Francisco, USA

Gill O'Connell, UK/Spain/R.Ireland

Chrissy Warren, Eyemouth, Scotland

Siobhan O’Leary, London, UK

Stephanie Struth, Essex,UK

Tony Whitfield, Essex,UK

Pauline Woolley, Nottingham, UK

Deanna Wade, Linconlshire, UK

 
 
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Kato Katelios Fishing Boat, Kefalonia, Greece, 2016

"Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take risks" Mark Rothko