Monday, August 10, 2009

Vastness & Isolation:
Hiking in the Olympic Mountains


I recently returned from an amazing backpacking trip in the Olympic Mountains. It's impossible to capture, measure or quantify the feeling of awe that comes with the vastness of its landscape. It is truly an unrecordable experience.

It can be overwhelming to read a book or paint a field, but manageable to study a sentence or draw a singled-out flower. Which is why when I create, I tend to create things that are in isolation. An isolated flower is describable and recordable; the lines and colors feel much more articulated and accessible.

Yet it is that intangible endlessness of landscape, and the humbling, inexplicable experience of my small presence within it, that inspires the search for the explainable detail.

~Kata Golda

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