Over time, language used to describe nature has become more and
more inarticulate, as words for the modern world become more dominant. The
2015 and subsequent editions of the Oxford Junior Dictionary replaced words like “acorn,”
“fern” and “dandelion” for more modern words such as “blog,” “chatroom” and “MP3-player.”
This loss of a lexis for the landscape contributes to a greater separation between humans and
nature. In Lost Words, I seek to investigate the importance of language in shaping human’s sense of place through visual renderings. With the physical use of old dictionaries and encyclopedias, I respond to nature words removed in recent editions. These pieces seek to reconnect landscape and language through painted imagery.