Sean Caulfield has developed a suite of prints that, in addition to classical mythology and literature, have drawn on the history of scientific and medical illustration for motivation. From this research Caulfield has created imagined landscapes populated by enigmatic objects that refer to both mechanistic and naturalistic forms in order to explore themes of mutation, metamorphosis, and the dichotomies between biology and technology. Although the work looks to the past for inspiration, its merging of mechanistic and organic languages is intended to point viewers towards a contemporary context in which advancements in technology are rapidly changing our relationship to the natural world, biology, and our own bodies.
Caufield, Professor of Printmaking at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, has developed a poetic, visual language from a variety of elements. He draws on industrial objects found in the rural Midwest of Canada and the U.S., the landscapes from antique Asian and European artworks, our contemporary pop culture, and various literary and musical sources. From these diverse inspirations and using a variety of print processes, Caufield creates haunting, abstract, dreamlike landscapes that reflect our historic and shifting contemporary attitudes towards the landscape.