Memory of a landscape

In this series, Rossitza Todorova explores how landscape embodies the idea of time: past, present, and future. The landscape reflects our memories by helping us recall and associate a place with history. It captures our present by allowing us to let go and be in the moment. And shows us our future, metaphorically, and literally as it reveals the journey ahead.


In the words of Ken Taylor, "one of our deepest needs is for a scene of identity and belonging, and a common denominator in this is human attachment to landscape and how we find identity in landscape and place. Landscape, therefore, is not simply what we see, but a way of seeing: we see it with our eyes but interpret it with our mind and ascribe value to landscape for intangible - spiritual - reasons. Landscape can, therefore, be seen as a cultural construct in which our sense of place and memories inhere."


Todorova depicts the Great Basin's landscape inspired by walks around Reno, hiking in Tahoe, and her recent residency at Playa Summer Lake in Southern Oregon. The artwork is interrupted by scrolling lines that exist in the space between the viewer and the vista beyond. The forms are visual metaphors for what we bring as we view the desert. They are the reflections of ourselves that we place on the landscape. As Henri Frédéric Amiel eloquently said, "Any landscape is a condition of the spirit."

Installation View, Tahoe Gallery, Sierra Nevada University, Incline Village, NV

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Installation View, Tahoe Gallery, Sierra Nevada University, Incline Village, NV

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Showing the Wind

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2021, 30” x 40,”  Private Collection

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Silver on the Lake

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2021, 24” x 40,” Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art

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Desert Path
Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,

2020, 24” x 30,” Private Collection

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FarawayNearby

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 30” x 40,” Private Collection 

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The Start of Dawn
Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 30” x 40,” Private Collection
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Installation View, Tahoe Gallery, Sierra Nevada University, Incline Village, NV

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The Future is Ahead

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2021, 18” x 18”

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Connection to the PastAcrylic, silver leaf on linen, 2021, 18” x 18”

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Tangled in a Memory

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2021, 18” x 18”

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We Dance by the Lake

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen, 2021, 18” x 18”   

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Joy Falls Like Rain

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2021, 18” x 18,” Private Collection

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The Sky Rolls In

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2021, 18” x 18”

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The Water Reflects the Sky

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2021, 18” x 18”

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Folding Together

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2021, 18” x 18”

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Installation View, Tahoe Gallery, Sierra Nevada University, Incline Village, NV

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Above and Through the Rock

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2021, 18” x 18”

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Bright Pink Dusk

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2021, 12” x 20,” Private Collection

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Enter the Dawn

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2021, 12” x 20,” Private Collection

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Installation View, Tahoe Gallery, Sierra Nevada University, Incline Village, NV

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Rain on the Horizon

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,

2020, 12” x 12,” Private Collection

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Meridian

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 12” x 12”

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Silver Lining

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 12” x 12”

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Glimmer

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,

2020, 12” x 12,” Private Collection

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Tangled

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 12” x 12”

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Falling Gold
Acrylic, gold leaf on linen,
2020, 12” x 12,” Private Collection
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Black Rock Dream

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 8” x 8,” Private Collection

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Neowise

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 8” x 8,” Private Collection

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Falling Night

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 8” x 8,” Private Collection

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City Lights Beyond the Hill

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 8” x 8,” Private Collection

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Evening Redness in the West

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 8” x 8”

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Desert Night

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 8” x 8,” Private Collection

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Evening Lake

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2021, 6” x 6”

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Ice on the Water

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2021, 6” x 6”

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Magic in the Sky

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2021, 6” x 6,” Private Collection

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Hot Springs

Acrylic, silver leaf
2020, 6” x 6,” Private Collection

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Sky-blue Pink

Acrylic, silver leaf
2020, 6” x 6,” Private Collection

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The Through Line

Acrylic, silver leaf
2020, 6” x 6,” Private Collection

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Silver Rings

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5,” Private Collection

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Above the Rock

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5”

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Between the Storms

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 6” x 6”

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I Could Hear the Wind

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 6” x 6”

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The Lake Ahead

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 6” x 6”

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In the Upper Atmosphere

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 6” x 6,” Private Collection

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Last Rays of the Sun

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 6” x 6”

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Nevada Sunset

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 6” x 6,” Private Collection

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Far from the City

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5,” Private Collection

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The Stars Stretched Down
Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5,” Private Collection
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Rose in the Distance

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5,” Private Collection

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The Mirage Reflects Itself

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,

2020, 5” x 5,” Private Collection

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On a Clear Day

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5”

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Focused Energy

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5”

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Switch Back Pass

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,

2020, 5” x 5” 

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Spring Rain

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5”

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Summer Sunset

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen

2020, 5” x 5,” Private Collection

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Morning Ravine

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5,” Private Collection

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Above as Below

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5,” Private Collection

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A Path Runs Through

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5,” Private Collection

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Wind from the East

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5,” Private Collection

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Evening Light

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5,” Private Collection

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All that Shimmers

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5,” Private Collection

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Wind from the West

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5”

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Morning Light

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5,” Private Collection

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Pink and Silver Clouds

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5”

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Pulling me closer

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5,” Private Collection

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Sierra Light

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5,” Private Collection

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Happy Pass

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5,” Private Collection

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Summers Peak

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,

2020, 5” x 5” 

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Perfect Day
Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5,” Private Collection
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Canyon Rock Reflection

Acrylic, silver leaf on linen,
2020, 5” x 5,” Private Collection 

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Memory of a Landscape - Collection of videos 2020

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Installation View, Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno, NV

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http://panorama.pm/en/project/landscape-memory-and-identity/


One of our deepest needs is for a sense of identity and belonging and a common denominator in this is human attachment to landscape and how we find identity in landscape and place. Landscape therefore is not simply what we see, but a way of seeing: we see it with our eye but interpret it with our mind and ascribe values to landscape for intangible – spiritual – reasons. Landscape can therefore be seen as a cultural construct in which our sense of place and memories inhere. - Ken Taylor


“There is an internal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives. Those who are lucky enough to find it ease like water over a stone, onto its fluid contours, and are home. Some find it in the place of their birth; others may leave a seaside town, parched, and find themselves refreshed in the desert. There are those born in rolling countryside who are really only at ease in the intense and busy loneliness of the city. For some, the search is for the imprint of another; a child or a mother, a grandfather or a brother, a lover, a husband, a wife, or a foe. We may go through our lives happy or unhappy, successful or unfulfilled, loved or unloved, without ever standing cold with the shock of recognition, without ever feeling the agony as the twisted iron in our soul unlocks itself and we slip at last into place.”― Josephine Hart  


Any landscape is a condition of the spirit’ Henri Frédéric Amiel


O’Keeffe wrote to collector Caroline Marmon Fesler about her bone series, “It is a kind of thing that I do that makes me feel I am going off into space – in a way that I like – and that frightens me a little because it is so unlike what anyone else is doing – I always feel that sometime I may fall off the edge – It is something I like so much to do that I don’t care if I do fall off the edge –”

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