Patricia Bertha Mattingly
Donges Bay Gorge
I chose the Donges Bay Gorge in Mequon, because it was designed by Jens Jensen, a landscape architect originally from Denmark. I have visited various projects of his in Chicago and Wisconsin with my husband who's a landscape architect. I was delighted when I visited this site and saw the credit to Jens Jensen in the pool house. I love the history of the land, formally the Kurt’s family property. Jensen’s style is natural restoration honoring the existing design of nature and making it more hospitable to humans with trails, outlooks and structures. This property is vast, varied and enchanted.
I hope to make mixed medium works on paper representing different aspects of the property. I am considering perhaps a combination of various seasons or times of the day, highlighting both the seen and mystical qualities of the land and its inhabitants.
I will be sketching, making some gouache studies and taking photos and notes for reference on site. The larger pieces will be made in my studio. I am envisioning these pieces as a combination of field notes, sketches and poetic impressions within the larger drawings.