Teresita Fernandez
Borrowed Landscape (Citron, Cerulean, Violet, Blue, Citron) 1998

It is quiet and meditative amidst this group of five illuminated 'rooms'. Pale light and washes of color depend on near darkness for their definition. Discreet and private, the open/closed aspect of hospital bed curtains comes to mind. A fluttering emotional pull accompanies each passing glance behind the scrims, empty but for an atmosphere of diaphonous light that floats over a patterned drawing on the floor. Seeing these designs of secret gardens, there is frustration in the fact that it is not possible to enter within, only to pass between and around - a wistful touch of solitude and separation conveyed in simple beauty.

According to the gallery press release, the title of the installation comes from the artist's interest in the Japanese use of composed landscape in garden or interior design, in particular, shakkei - a concept of borrowed scenery or borrowed landscape. In this discipline a "real or "natural" still life is composed from an actual landscape by creating the garden around the vista and linking it intimately with the overall scheme. In shakkei gardens, these captured, distant vistas are like framed film stills.

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