The artistic problem found in exploring the area of the Blue Mountains and the Wallowa Mountains (Oregon, USA) was about man’s relationship with the land and the proliferation or domestication of nature. There, I worked as an active hiker, looking for clues and walking through the limits of the wilderness or civilized space, finding the entrance of land with a welcome carpet and picturing the drama of man’s persistence to conquer nature. Welcome could mean the entrance to paradise in a virgin forest, which frames majestic mountains. Inspired by romanticism, some of the photographs raise the question of man’s physical and spiritual territory on a fictional precept of landscaping.
At that point, interrogating how human evolution changes the landscape and questioning the concept of private property, I found that domestication of the land often results in a desertion of nature. Earth is used as a playground, a hunting space, agricultural land, a natural preserve, rural and urban space, a dump or simply abandoned. In an opposite way, the owner of rural spaces puts nature in a powerful and respectable position, in which it occupies an essential aesthetic position, as an ornament of landscaping, with giant trees or a variety of other specimen. The pictures are illustrations of defensive and welcoming situations where the private space rubs the public space.
This project was part of a residency in Oregon with Signal Fire Arts, with the support of Quebec Art Council in 2012.