ROCKELMANN &, Berlin
Kathleen Vance is an environmental artist that creates projects that connect people to local aspects of nature that are overlooked or under appreciated. With the series “Traveling Landscapes” Vance creates miniature landscapes inside vintage suitcases and trunks. The bucolic scenes harken to a place out of time and a romanticism of nature, with lush foliage and flowing streams. These relaxing scenarios consider personal land ownership, water rights and the need for stewardship and preservation of our green areas and water sources. These works bring nature back into ones every day life and the hurried pace of each person's travels can be slowed to a moment of respite for contemplation and reflection.
Site-specific installation at VOLTA NY: Kathleen Vance’s “Traveling Landscape: Precious Cargo” installation incorporates multi-stacked rows of found and reclaimed vintage luggage, replicating the look of passenger cargo on a steam ship. Tightly condensed into one large grouping on raised pallets, selected cases are presented with the lids fixed open to reveal depictions of lush landscapes with flowing water. Light emanating from the raised lids of the suitcases, steamer trunks and luggage attract the viewer to discover miniature natural scenes of forests, rolling hills, and grassy knolls; active with sound of trickling streams and running rivers. This installation extenuates the desire for "untouched" natural environments, and the claims and proprietorship that are placed on plots of land, which carries over to water rights. This installation is the embodiment of the concept that our natural resources are precious cargo to be protected and watched over with good stewardship.