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As a landscape painter working in various locations, facing the challenges of various types of light (New England clear light, Mediterranean blinding light, the soft clarity of the light in Italy), I would very much like to paint in Armenia, keeping my three concerns in mind: the tradition of landscape painting, being in places which I call “magnetic sites” (such as the Dead Sea, lowest place on earth, or the Arctic Circle), and the weight of history. I intend to paint the landscape, approach the experience of “being there,” photograph Mt. Ararat and its depictions in local art, and visit the museums as much as I can in a short residency to have a feel for contemporary art in the country.
By Judith Appleton