Portland, Oregon-based artist Lindsey Fox creates textiles and works on paper that evoke her own outdoor explorations. The artist sketches while hiking, then reworks her ideas into larger, colorful compositions back in her studio. During the pandemic, her practice has been a stand-in for the kinds of physical travel she typically engages in. Her hand-rendered views of national parks and iconic American mountain ranges transport the viewer so forcefully that it seems possible to forget about current travel restrictions when viewing them.
Across Canada, the Pattison Outdoor Advertising firm has been transforming otherwise empty billboards into public art installations. Pedestrians around the country began reporting in May that they noticed wilderness scenes appearing on otherwise empty billboards. The company’s owner has used his own works in place of typical ads to bring unexpected relief to commuters returning to work.