I make paintings, installations, and murals of physical spaces and landscapes that are structured by social and political practices. My research traces how these places connect to history, ideology, and cultural identity.
This painting depicts a landscape in transformation, colonized by humans through the forces of industry. There are parts of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea where this scene is quite common because of the coal or gold mining industries. In the age we live in, people have shaped the landscape according to their own needs, and the landscape is now constantly changing because of the desires and actions of humans. Not only is the land colonized but also capitalized and made profitable; it takes on monetary and financial value to corporations. This is what terragouge means to me.