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Blane De St. Croix’s work explores the geopolitical landscape through sculpture, installation, and work on paper. His research based method incorporates on the ground site visits, aerial fly-overs, photographic documentation, interviews, internet mining, and satellite imagery. Together, his artworks and research seek to facilitate an increased understanding of the shared social, political, environmental, and cultural climate challenges we face, both within our local communities, and in the international arena.

De St. Croix employs formal elements of sculpture such as scale (both miniaturized and massive) and perspective (forced and the separation of grounds). Each decision directs the spectator both conceptually and physically. His large sculptural installation work allows for architectural interaction/intervention with any given exhibition space and furthermore channels the audience into a particular position or pattern of viewing. Physicality and materiality are of utmost importance to the process, and all the elements within the work are crafted by hand, creating a more intimate and controllable result than by way of digital methods.

The work formally draws from the historical references of  the landscape painting tradition and its accepted sublime beauty, but it is further interested in contemporary societies underlying ecological and political conflicts that uniquely frame the memory of the current landscape. It seeks to underscore the dualities of the beautiful and devastating elements, both natural and man-made, which precipitate environmental and cultural changes in the landscape, transcending beyond nature and becoming symbolic of human kinds desire for control.