Portrait with Landscape


2019

Humanities Bulletin, 2(2), 256-275.

Discussing the historical commonalities of portrait and landscape, this paper analyses how the cross-cultural and multi-sensory aspects, which Mitchell developed in his nine theses on landscape, applies to the portrait. Suggesting a stronger inclusion of different cultural practices/traditions and artistic positions in the discourse on landscape, I present my own practice-based research on portraiture as a possibility of how landscape could open up new perspectives in the light of other cultural practices and artistic expressions to deepen and expand Mitchell’s intercultural and multisensory perspective on landscape. In particular, I argue that the combination of portrait and landscape through the positions of contemporary artists can make a significant contribution to the discourse on landscape. I therefore conclude my contribution by presenting the work of other contemporary artists who have combined aspects of portrait and landscape in their work, providing opportunities for both reflection and social change.