artist statement

My work is an attempt to create dialog about how human actions and behaviors influence the function of bodies of water and land in a contemporary industrialized society and drive specific environmental change. Why do we alter landscapes? Is the value of land or waterways based upon developmental potential, agricultural potential, or its pristine beauty? As an artist immersed in rural landscapes, I often observe how humans alter the land and how these modifications, many times, have the fortuity of being sculptural, even beautiful. There is a kinetic beauty in clusters of wind turbines sweeping across a landscape that provide graceful and rhythmic movement. There is a sculptural elegance in the fingerprint pattern of agricultural terracing as it crawls across an Iowa field. While it is habit to view such alterations on a simply functional level, there is an aesthetic presence to them that is utterly captivating. I am easily caught up in the massive size and unintentional artistry of these constructs, but simultaneously I am concerned about how the Earth and humans living on it are ultimately affected by the existence of such objects. 

© 2015 David Boelter

1301 South Cherokee Street Alta, Iowa

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