David Traylor

Artist Statement

I work at the interface of chaos and control. I make gardens and landscapes, both real and imaginary. I am a visual artist and a landscape architect.

Making a garden is the process of imposing order onto a seemingly chaotic, incomprehensible natural and social environment. It is this struggle between order and chaos that creates beauty, new ideas, deeper understanding and repose but also discordance, ambiguity, turbulence and ugliness.

I revel in the collision of the exuberance and complexity of disorder with the struggle to create structure and comprehension. I am interested in how places are defined through their presence (how they are defined or marked), through narrative (their stories, histories and interpretations) and through context (how they fit into the bigger world).