Landscape I was my first exploration of landscape and abstraction, a mixed media collage using ephemeral found materials from the environment. In order to install the piece outdoors, the piece had to be sliced open to protect it from falling over in the wind. The gaping marks left behind on the canvas let a sense of site specificity linger after deinstallation.
Landscape II is diaristic and discusses my more emotional thoughts about my body. The symbols in Landscape II are not meant to be cryptic, but rather visceral.
While working on Landscape III, I was thinking of a time and place before humanity. Landscape III is a meditation on the primordial earth, and a thought experiment in the meaning of bodihood at that time; a reminder that flesh has not always been symbolic and that it was once purely material.
Landscape IV is a depiction of the chemical and material developments I have observed in my body throughout my first year injecting testosterone. Interruptions in cycles and the shifting of surfaces and textures echo what is occurring in my external environment. As we contribute to climate change, we are contributing to our own self destruction. The political right denies the catastrophic damage that is being inflicted upon the earth and its citizens, but as I manipulate my own body, the only thing which is inarguably my own property, I am depicted as disturbing the natural order.
Harvey Hayes-Bohanan is a trans masculine painter and BFA candidate in my final year at SAIC. They look at their recent work as a dissection of theirself as an animal and an examination of their own transgender form. Struggling with environmental and social debates in agriculture and biotechnology regarding what is “natural” (such as the use of hormones on animal bodies), they use landscape distortion to discuss the nature in and around their body.