Jolicure Pond, 1996-2003
The series Jolicure Pond – named after the artificial pond near the home of Thaddeus Holownia in his native New Brunswick – focuses on the changing appearance of a deceptively simple landscape. The photographs capture the natural fluctuations of light and season against an unnatural and entirely constructed terrain. Our awareness of nature’s ever-changing palette is heightened by atmospheric colour. The effect is both rich in detail and seemingly abstract. Details of water, field, sky, fence, and distant human activity are all conscripted as formal elements. The variations in Jolicure Pond are unified by two constants, the pond and the distant horizon line. By focusing the work on the caprice of optical effects against serial landscapes, Holownia asks us to consider the interplay between transience and permanence.