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Ilana Van Zyl


2011, Oil on canvas, 24"w x 96"h (each)

There is a romantic sense of longing for the expansive landscape met with the reality of confinement in everyday life. Showing only a small part of the landscape creates a more proportional relationship as it purposely confines the land to a thin sliver within the series of paintings. By using tall vertical canvases and painting only a small part of the land, the romantic characteristic of expansive views is undermined and does not allow your eye to roll freely and unbothered across the terrain. Using non-local color creates uneasiness and separates the land into different parts. The unity that traditionally exists in landscape painting is interrupted.

Ilana Van Zyl - Slivers

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