"I use paint to question how screens have shifted our understanding of the landscape. I merge landscape images with abstract techniques to create works that capture the tension between a painted surface and a screen. Using applications that are both controlled and improvisational, I play with flatness vs. depth and opacity vs. transparency. Condensing the digital impression and the painterly into one surface, I create an image that is at once familiar but also removed, thus challenging the viewer to question technology’s role in our perception of nature."
Ruth Lantz, originally from Illinois, received her Masters in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in 2010. She has been featured in numerous galleries and institutions, such as The University of Illinois at Chicago, the Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR), Washington State University Vancouver (Vancouver, WA) Lower Columbia College (Longview, WA), Linfield College (McMinnville OR) and Governors State University (University Park, IL). Her work has been seen in spaces such as Russo Lee (Portland OR), Disjecta (Portland OR), Ditch Projects (Springfield OR), Swarm Gallery (Oakland CA), Northview Gallery (Portland OR) and the Hoffman Gallery (Portland OR). Her work was showcased at the Portland International Airport and the Fringe Festival at Southern Oregon University. Ruth Lantz is currently an instructor at Portland Community College and Washington State University Vancouver.
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