These works are the artist's attempt to acknowledge present day geo-environmental realities while recapturing some aspect of the complex emotional reaction that we have when we encounter nature in a profound and visceral way.
Over the past half century the geopolitical dialogue on the subject of nature and our place in it has changed dramatically from one of abundance and exploitation to one of fear and mitigation. In one light, these works can be seen as participating in this discourse on power and destruction, both of and from the natural environment. In another light, however, they can be seen as signaling an impending shift in the human/nature paradigm. We are just beginning to see the true essence of our communal relationship to all life, including that of the planet itself - a continuum from which we have intellectually separated ourselves.
Seana Reilly is a recovering architect who decided she'd rather paint.