ARTWORK > Volcanoscapes at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

All four paintings were purchased by the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on North Broad Street in Center City and are on view on the first floor gallery.

See a video of Donna talking about this work:
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Volcano mix media by Donna Backues
Mix Media on Board
24 x 24 inches
2011
Donna Backues' mix media collage of volcano
Mix Media on Board
24 x 24 inches
2011
Donna Backues' mix media collage of volcano
Mix Media on Board
24 x 24 inches
2011
Donna Backues' mix media collage of volcano
Mix Media on Board
24 x 24 inches
2011

This body of work is inspired by my years in Southeast Asia living on the Ring of Fire during a politically, economically and geologically unstable period time for the islands of Indonesia. Historically the landscapes refer to the great explosions of past volcanoes, such as Krakatoa in 1883, as well as eruptions in recent times. The sepia look of the work recalls the recording of these events in etchings, paintings and old photographs from Southeast Asia’s Dutch colonial period. Volcanoes can be dormant for thousands of years but the potential of one suddenly erupting and causing catastrophic destruction is very real. On the other hand, the beauty and fertility as a result of such violence can bring life sustaining sustenance.