Into the Valley is a beautiful, layered print that seems to nod in a number of different aesthetic directions. Green trees (western hemlock?) hover in the foreground, and behind them some silvery gray trees, and behind them a reddish orange mist, above which a mountain breaks through the top of the picture plane. As you look new depths and relationships between the different layers become clear (which is another way of saying it’s much better in person than on the screen). The seemingly distinct layers of the print recall the spatial effects of Japanese woodblock (Ukiyo-e) prints, the light effects bring to mind 19th century Luminist paintings, and its graphic quality seems very contemporary. Rita Robillard completed this work and others in the series as part of a residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.
Rita Robillard – Into the Valley