About Doug Land.
Painter turned sculptor; then turned into electrical engineer; who was then to swept away by couture fashion; and finally into a tree.
My prom dates always got paper crafted corsages instead of traditional flowers. So when I chose illustration as my degree plan for my formal art education, it was no surprise when I found more passion in growing tropical plants off my dorm balcony, than I had for completing editorial assignments.
My roots in illustration, still drive my creative process but now I create sculptures like a scientist. When looking for new subjects, I reference scientific illustrations of the 19th century. Sometimes I find exciting botanical forms in books, but sometimes I find them during hikes. I am building on the long tradition of Victorian paper flower making, which was a common pastime for well-to-do women of a discerning class.
As in the traditional process of dissection, I disassemble wild caught or garden grown floral specimens. When a flower really grabs my attention, I trace out its parts and try to figure out how to recreate a final form even if it does have batteries. My interests in electrical engineering influence me to use electrical components, which can have very organic shapes. I often build multiple prototypes, refining the specimen again and again until I have a final vision that captures the essence of that initial inspiration.
Drawing on childhood experiences playing in the garden and watching animated films, I interject my playful nature into floral works with lights to make the flowers come to life. News stories about disappearing ecosystems and vanishing species make me think of a future society that will never see a tree covered in moonlit moths or a field of flowers in full bloom. I grew up in a home that was neighboring on a state park. Over time the woods of my youth were suburbanized until only my memories remain. My sculptures capture this memory and use materials from this new landscape to tell the stories of fallen leaves and windswept meadows.