Congratulations to Alice Shaw on the completion of No Other Lands Their Glory Know, a 20 x 26 ft. work on panel created at Magnolia Editions and permanently installed this week at gate G-95 in the International Terminal at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
Based on Shaw’s digital images of Mt. Tamalpais taken along the Dipsea Trail, No Other Lands marries the detailed textures and silvery palette of vintage landscape photography to an eye-catching background of hand-applied 22-karat gold leaf. The massive work comprises 25 plywood panels coated with gesso, printed with UV-cured acrylic ink, and gilded at Magnolia Editions.
Having grown up in Stinson Beach “in the last house on the route to Mt. Tam,” Shaw says she has loved this particular forest since childhood. The work’s title is taken from “The Redwoods,” a 1932 poem celebrating the beauty of Northern California’s forests and written by Joseph B. Strauss, the chief engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge. In addition to its historical connection to the California Gold Rush and the 'Golden State,' Shaw’s use of gold leaf was partially inspired by Byzantine icon paintings.
As the grisaille tones of the forest suggest the silver gelatin print process commonly used by black-and-white photographers, No Other Lands represents a symbolic pairing of two precious metals, gold and silver, in homage to this national treasure.