Minding Nature: Fall 2018, Volume 11, Number 3 Sandra Dal Poggetto and I spoke over the phone for this interview, me on the urban Chicago end and Sandra from the wilds of Montana on the other. She is a landscape artist with a different understanding of landscape paintings—her landscapes cross-temporal and spatial scales, creating an…

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Center for Humans and Nature In the bottom of a high plains coulee, it’s wild. No plow reaches this place. Sound is quieted yet strangely amplified. Depending on the coulee’s depth, I am a bit frightened. But often there are deer beds in the soft grasses, perhaps sharp-tailed grouse, and I am hunting them. I…

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Western Art & Architecture Abstract artist Sandra Dal Poggetto’s work speaks of the land in a visual language that includes game-bird feathers, deer hides, and oil pigments made from plants, soil and bone. She composes a narra-tive of the landscape — of being surrounded by sky, grass and wind, and the awareness of being human…

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Museum of Contemporary Art Denver A published writer and skilled hunter as well as a visual artist, Sandra Dal Poggetto has written about themes in her fine art practice and hunting, often at the same time. In an essay she wrote to accompany an exhibition of her work at the Augusta College Fine Arts Center…

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MMAC Curator of Art Brandon Reintjes: First of all, can you briefly describe your studio practice? Sandra Dal Poggetto: I generally work five days a week, sometimes weekends. I rise early and finish by lunch time. Sometimes I go back in the afternoon. BR: When you make a single painting, I’ve observed that you do a lot…

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Basalt Literary Journal Northern California’s coastal hills and valleys where I grew up are smaller in scale and gentler than the Rocky Mountains where I now live. As a girl, there was much to explore, imagine and discover in the chaparral and mixed oak forests that surrounded my home. The native peoples who had understood…

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From the catalog accompanying Sandra Dal Poggetto’s solo exhibition, In Situ, mounted by the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT, in 2002-2003. For any thoughtful painter, the landscape of the American West is a hauntingly difficult subject. Its visual scale cannot be captured in a rectangle. And its metaphysical character, suffused by the visionary dreams of the…

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Northern Lights The smell of sage was strong as I drew the warm entrails out of the bird and onto the ground. Food for scavengers, I thought. “To hunt the all American bird one should have the all American gun,” he said to provoke me as I rose to my feet. I looked with affection…

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