The heartbreakingly beautiful mess of cultures, spiritualities, shared histories and epic landscapes this world over are why I make work. I’m moved by the ways our beloved planet has been worshipped and defiled and the ability for it to come back again and again with its Eastern cathedrals of forest and panoramic horizons of the West. Living in a cut and paste culture, surrounded by the ruins of monstrous historical injustice, I am weary of technology and its cancer-like proliferation. I am specifically drawn to the act of wandering throughout the American West, where time is on the loose and one is reminded of our seemingly endless penchant for violence. My work has a specific lens on the First Nations people of North America but I follow a trail of broken promises the world over. The bullied and persecuted come too and I find beauty in this quilt of many colors.
– Vanessa Compton