Bryce Speed has taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is currently Assistant Professor of Art in Painting at the University of Alabama.
Statement: The natural world provides many visual analogies for the great depth and mysteries of the human mind. These paintings illustrate a boundless inner life, amplified by our senses, and its extension in to the world. Fluid topographies, discontinuous scale, and color suggest the expansive and conflicting systems of nature and the changing climate as a metaphor for the evolving self. Likewise, these paintings suggest a future landscape effected by climate change. Knowledge further helps us understand our interactions and place in the world, but is limited in scope to define our most unexplainable experiences and interactions. Painting can connect form and idea via a language that is unique to the medium, I try to embrace this possibility in my work.