Volume 24, Number 3 — March 2017
"From These Hills" — Elaine Fleck
June 27, 2007
Something comparable happens in the paintings of Elaine Fleck [Roanoke, Va.] as she collages images (usually of insects cut from printed fabrics) onto her "canvas" and then paints scenes on the canvas. In her painting with figures on a beach, for example, a clash of scale and perspective occurs because insects and human figures are actually pictured about the same size; this means scale and perspective don't cohere and therefore the viewer is forced into the uncomfortable psychological situation of observing the work's imagery from two radically different positions in space, one close, the other far away.