"The Number You Have Reached . . ."
30 x 48
The Hum of the Electric Current
36 x 48

Landscape, Interrupted

This project was inspired by a drive along Highway 37, a causeway spanning San Pablo Bay that links Marin, Sonoma, Solano and Napa counties in Northern California. 

Because of the dramatic light and clouds that day, several man-made structures that I'd never noticed before—a call box, a high voltage tower, a wind turbine, a traffic light—stood in relief. Usually our brains register these sorts of structures as scars on the landscape. But sometimes—under just the right conditions and perhaps only for a few minutes—the structures reveal a stark beauty all their own. 

In "The Number You Have Reached . . .", the monochrome palette, overturned cone and ethereal sky lend poignancy to an otherwise ordinary—though slightly askew—call box. Lofty clouds draw the eye heavenward, away from the causeway, where it's unclear what, if anything, has happened. A sense of confusion ensues: We don't know whether to feel hope, despair or resignation, calling to mind questions of randomness versus faith. 

In contrast, The Hum of the Electric Current radiates a gentle warmth and optimism. On the surface, the scene is almost static: placid hills blanketed by a low cloud cover. But on closer inspection, we sense a subterranean current, as if the tall grasses on the hillsides were nerve endings, quietly transmitting their energy over the wires.

 

© Lisa Lauer Fine Art, Gualala, CA