Painting as Data: A New Way of Analyzing Landscape
Rain or shine, at 7 a.m. every Tuesday for five months last year, honors landscape architecture major Hannah Moll showed up, camera in hand, to document the university’s farm just north of campus. It wasn’t easy getting up that early, but proved to be well worth the effort for a designer and painter sensitive to the light and color shifts that come with daybreak. “I was on site, looking at the soybean fields where different cultivars were starting to die back,” Moll recalls. “It was so beautiful! Seeing the rust colors slide past silvery grays, with the morning light shining through them.”
Moll worked to capture that experience and others in a series of 29 paintings that record the shift of seasons at the Agricultural Research and Extension Center. This body of work comprises her honors thesis, which presents a familiar working landscape in an entirely new light. Two of these paintings, including the textured panel above, a kind of Cubist rendering that traces the site’s contours and shows its horizon line, are currently on display in the second-floor Honors Study Hall in Gearhart Hall. Also look for Field B4 - 7:00 AM Triptych, on display in the second-floor conference room (GEAR 243). This work was purchased by Dean Lynda Coon for the college's permanent collection, which celebrates work by honors students and alumni.
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