This new installation in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art’s Eunice and Julian Cohen Galleria offers a contemporary spin on landscape art. Ten works, including sculptures, paintings, installation, and video art, present contemporary art as the latest chapter in the story of landscape art through the ages, as told by the MFA’s encyclopedic collection. Works include a number of new acquisitions that have never before been on view, as well as new commissions by Jason Middlebrook and Anne Lindberg. Other works on view in the installation include 'Garrowby Hill' (1998) by David Hockney and 'Verity (magenta blue), Repose, and Verity (blue green gray)' by Nicole Chesney. . .
"Warm breath on cool glass, the play of cast shadows and light on a wall, falling feathers, a whisper — mysterious, gentle signs of life that invoke visceral, emotive responses. I imbue my paintings with their own distinct vitality similar to these subtle, often unnoticed whispers. Created from layers of oil paint on etched, mirrored glass, these paintings envelope viewers in a seductive, mysterious space. Their reflective, shining, richly saturated surfaces are unapologetic in their beauty and desirous, jewel-like appeal. Yet they never remain stable — the constantly changing ray of incidence and ray of reflection on their mirrored surfaces makes each visual encounter unique and ephemeral. For those that stay, look, and linger, the works slowly, subtly reveal new facets of themselves.
My work explores the relationship between light, space, visual perception, and imagination. The mirrored glass surfaces in these works not only create pieces that are always visually transforming, but also produce an optical depth that beckons viewers in. Viewers see a faint outline of themselves — a dark reflection that varies with the changing light and shade of oil pigment. Mirrors represent the human desire to see and reflect that which is desired. In this light, my paintings reflect back to the viewer their own imagined space — a desirous, inner landscape or an unknowable, future dreamscape."
— NICOLE CHESNEY