Miami, FL & Washington, D.C. based artist Noel Kassewitz   |   noelkassewitz@gmail.com   |   © 2017 Noel Kassewitz

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UN(EN)TITLED EXAMINATION, [2015-2016]

"Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were the maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery."

                                                – Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Un(en)titled Examination invites us to gaze into our critical relationship with the land and the sea through a historical, albeit manipulated, lens of the landscape genre. Painting multiple realities of this junction, I capture the moment between shepherding the world and fulfilling our invented manifest destiny. Unable to be constrained to one reality, the moment is cut, rewoven, and rebuilt into a new hybrid. These new patterns invite us to reimagine historically rigid relationships between femininity and weaving, masculinity and painting, nature and humanity, and more. Draped in scenes of human altered environments and their liberated counterparts, the pieces in this collection desperately sound the alarm, if they can, or grudgingly concede to some of the insurmountable losses. A thoughtful inspection of one of the pieces reveals a frightening reality for our species. However the works do not solely condemn the world, but offer us hope. Although the path seems long obfuscated in the fabric of big business, complacent governments, and an uniformed populace, this series calls on the viewer to survey the crossroads and reach beyond despair. While the world may have waited too long to escape free of consequences, there may still be enough time to untangle the threads and weave a new pattern.