Renee Bott Statement
My two paintings: The History of the 20th Century In Landscape 1 & 2 are painted on collaged book pages from The History of the 20th Century. I start by reading the text. Written history is one way to chronicle human endeavors. In his book, Martin Gilbert describes one horrific human act after the next; acts of violence against mankind and our environment. As I read, I white out the text as if to erase those thoughts from my mind yet I commit them to memory, because our history defines who we are today.
These text lined pages act as the armature for my paintings. With human stories concealed beneath opaque lines, I superimpose images of bucolic landscapes based on landscapes found in antique engravings. I offer these images not as a way to forget our history, but as a way to honor the healing power of nature.
In my work, I strive to understand the contrast between the stunning beauty and bounty of this world with the brutality and carelessness of human acts. I look for a future that reveres the beauty of the natural world, and seek to discover a humanity that is in harmony with it.