Lynne McDaniel uses the language of the landscape to explore current events, as well as the sometimes-surprising beauty of urban existence. Her paintings depict the environmental and ecological changes caused by natural disasters, human intervention, and the passage of time. Often using news photos as sources, she paints the landscape then disrupts the image to indicate the place where things go wrong. The incursion can be a subtle dash of color, or a more violent stroke or erasure. The destabilization or interruption of what is happening in the paintings reflects the artist’s growing uncertainty about what is happening on the larger canvas of our world.
Her most recent body of work depicts images from the daily walks the artist has taken for years, along the Arroyo Seco near her studio, and in the foothills of Los Angeles near her home. It is both close examination and documentation of the familiar but always changing landscape so vital to the artist’s practice. The black and white palette and white deckle border of the paintings evoke the nostalgia of vintage photographs, like artifacts from a world that’s already gone.