Tom Reed

Region: Midwest

The link between the experiencing and imagining of nature is at the foundation of my practice. The landscape becomes a setting for imagined realities and personal references to outsider art, poetry, and folk art. Taking cues from Joseph Yoakum and Henry Darger, I map out poetic and highly stylized depictions of natural settings, where fiction and reality meet. In these compositions, intricate patterns elaborate a means to reinvent and question our relationship to nature. Ultimately, my pieces exist somewhere between reality and dreams, their intersection opening up a compelling and poetic window.