Underscapes / Overscapes
Underscape and Overscape describe an extension of traditional landscape portraiture to include the areas beneath our feet and above our heads. Climate change demands that we look past the insta-scape of horizontal landscapes and extend our vision to include the deep time and deep space of this planet. The ground is neither solid nor invisible. Acknowledging this requires a radical re-orientation towards the vertical; active and arid lands demand vertical section cuts. The Underscape documents land use past and potential, water, minerals, planetary history and our many faults. Traditional landscapes dismisses the atmosphere as transparent, skipping it entirely – looking right through it en route to heaven. The Overscape acknowledges that we are, quite literally, in over our heads, and redirects our attention to the makeup and changes in the gaseous envelope surrounding our planet.