In The Skin of This Land

In this series of paintings, Rath explores the range of patterns that humans rely upon to comprehend inner and outer environments.  The paintings suggest echoes of recognizable forms that emerge from layers of texture and colour to create an elemental atmosphere.  Drawing on botanical and geological motifs, maps, photographs and cultural iconography, these elements are assembled in a painterly way, juxtaposing geometric divisions with organic undulations.  Within these works is a fascination by all that is held within the landscape and the maps of that territory – the stories, the routes, the changes, the tragedies, and the reverence. Some early works of this series were part of a collaborative project with author Sheila Peters, in producing the 2007 book, the weather from the west published by Creekstone Press.