No depiction of the landscape is entirely objective, and some artists approach nature through their imagination or memories. In Two Sisters, Cheryl Laemmle portrays herself and her sister as part of the natural environment. In the painting, they are faceless, birch bark figures—reimagined memories of childhood vacations in rural Michigan with their grandfather, a wood carver. In contrast, Lynn Taber Borcherdt’s hyper realistic landscape sets the stage for the imagined event of fiery visitation or sudden explosion.
Image: Cheryl Laemmle. American, born 1947. Two Sisters. Oil on canvas with white painted wood fence, 1984. Gift of Arthur G. Rosen in honor of Deborah R. Sonzogni, (AC) class of 1993. SC 1991:67