Janet Bogardus has always been keen to tell a visual story which links human and natural history. Her earlier mixed media work often combined print with photo- or printed image, and referred to contemporary disasters. Recent abstract paintings and drawings evoke sublime yet degraded urban and natural worlds. The viewer is invited to explore the paradoxical interaction of human nature and the natural world.
Ms. Bogardus is inspired by the paintings of Bruegel, Turner, Anselm Kiefer, and Mark Bradford. She also feels that photos by Georg Gerster in The Past from Above, and Vik Muniz’ enormous maps made of junk have added to her voice. These artists, like Janet, respond passionately to past and contemporary history within human structures on the land.