Badlands Rebel Landscapes

by Vicki Milewski

The art collection of Badlands Rebel Landscapes explores the heart of rebellion with oil paintings on canvas, pencil and watercolors on  paper, artist books and altered books, one short film and piano music called Badlands Sonatainspired by experiences within the 

Badlands in South Dakota.

There are 5 parts to the visual side of this collection:

1. The Badlands Roads Series            2. The White River Valley Series         3. The Rebellion Series            4. The Place Between Two Rocks

5. A White River Valley nonfiction book

Click here to view the Badlands Rebel Landscapes Collection Catalog

Selections from The Badlands Roads Series

Badlands Road North
Badlands Road South:  Going to See Joe
Badlands Road East
Badlands Road West
Badlands Road South: 
Going to See Joe 
Oil on Belgium Linen
16" X 20"
Badlands Road East: 
Road Like a River
Spilling Me Home
Oil on Belgium Linen
16" X 20"
Badlands Road West: 
Hills Breathing Pink 
Oil on Belgium Linen
16" X 20"
Badlands Road North: 
The Pink Road 
Oil on Belgium Linen
16" X 20"
Badlands Road Above
Badlands Road Below
Badlands Road Inside
Badlands Road Outside
Badlands Road Below: 
The Green Road
Oil on Belgium Linen
20" X 20"
Badlands Road Inside: 
Lighting Me Up
Oil on Belgium Linen
20" X 20"
Badlands Road Outside: 
Spinning with the Milky Way
Oil on Belgium Linen
20" X 20"
Badlands Road Above: 
The Twelve Tribes
Oil on Belgium Linen
20" X 20"
Badlands Road Outside:  The Twelve Tribes Pencil and Watercolor on Strathmore Paper 11" X 14" ​
Badlands Road Below:  The Green Road Pencil and Watercolor on Strathmore Paper 11" X 14" ​
Badlands Road Inside:  Lighting Me Up Pencil and Watercolor on Strathmore Paper 11" X 14" ​
Badlands Road North: 
The Pink Road 
Pencil and Watercolor
on Strathmore Paper
8" X 10"
Badlands Road Below: 
The Green Road
Pencil and Watercolor
on Strathmore Paper
11" X 14"
Badlands Road Outside: 
The Twelve Tribes
Pencil and Watercolor
on Strathmore Paper
11" X 14"
Badlands Road Inside: 
Lighting Me Up
Pencil and Watercolor
on Strathmore Paper
11" X 14"
Badlands Road North:  The Pink Road  Pencil and Watercolor on Strathmore Paper 8" X 10" ​
Badlands Road South:  Going to See Joe Pencil and Watercolor on Strathmore Paper 8" X 10" ​
Badlands Road South: 
Going to See Joe
Pencil and Watercolor
on Strathmore Paper
8" X 10"
Badlands Road East:  Road Like a River Spilling Me Home   Pencil and Watercolor on Strathmore Paper 11" X 14" ​
Badlands Road East: 
Road Like a River
Spilling Me Home  
Pencil and Watercolor
on Strathmore Paper
11" X 14"
Badlands Road West:  Hills Breathing Pink  Pencil and Watercolor on Strathmore Paper 11" X 14" ​
Badlands Road West: 
Hills Breathing Pink 
Pencil and Watercolor
on Strathmore Paper
11" X 14"
Selections from The White River Valley Series
 
Pranayama Pencil and Watercolor on Strathmore Paper 11" X 14"
Correspondences Pencil and Watercolor on Strathmore Paper 11" X 14"
Correspondences
Pencil and Watercolor
on Strathmore Paper
11" X 14"
Pranayama
Pencil and Watercolor
on Strathmore Paper
11" X 14"
White River Storm Pencil and Watercolor on Strathmore Paper 11" X 14"
White River Storm
Pencil and Watercolor
on Strathmore Paper
11" X 14"
The Looking Conversation Pencil and Watercolor on Strathmore Paper 8" X 10"
The Looking Conversation
Pencil and Watercolor
on Strathmore Paper
8" X 10"
The Zig Zag Trail
Pencil and Watercolor
on Strathmore Paper
11" X 14"
The Zig Zag Trail 1
Photograph
11" X 14"
The Zig Zag Trail 2 Photograph 11" X 14"
The Zig Zag Trail 2
Photograph
11" X 14"
Badlands Mound with Moon
Pencil on Strathmore Paper
5" X 7"
Vision of Water
Pencil on Strathmore Paper
8" X 10"
In the Valley
Pencil on Strathmore Paper
4" X 11"
Selections from The Rebellion Series
 
Storm Over Place between Two Rocks
Photograph
11" X 14"
Loop Road Sunrise
Photograph
11" X 14"
Wildflower Rebellion Amassed
Photograph
11" X 17"
Medicine Root Trail, Spring
Photograph
11" X 17"
The Zig Zag Trail Spring
Photograph
11" X 17"
The Spirits Dance
Photograph
14" X 18
I Think of Dancing With Them
Photograph
14" X 18"
Badlands Flowers 1997
Photograph
8" X 10"
New Moon at Dawn
Photograph
14" X 18"
Shining City on a Hill
Photograph
8" X 10"
Selections from The Place Between Two Rocks Series
 
The Place Between Two Rocks
Altered Book
17" X 11" X 22"
The Place Between Two Rocks
Film Still
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The art collection of Badlands Rebel Landscapes began as an exploration into manifest destiny[i]

and how American road tripping has transformed our culture. 

 

Defying the usual scenic qualities of beauty, majesty and iconography, the Badlands Rebel Landscapes instead hold history, culture and a familiar yet alien landscape.  There is a resistance to time in the millennia old fossilized ocean; there is a defiance to transculturation in the inhospitable yet comforting extremes in weather, terrain and history; there is a refusal to accept the status quo known to hikers and Native America, sought after by tourists and casual observers and attempted by government and boundary makers.  Each experience which inspired each piece of art in this collection was born of these rebellions and shows a new way to view abstraction--through a rebel experientialist's lens and mindset.

 

[i] The term and idea of “Manifest Destiny” is first found in an editorial called “Annexation” by John O'Sullivan in The United States Magazine and Democratic Review, 7/17/1845.  The Manifest Destiny idea propelled an American mindset which drove people to move west as a part of their destiny that was manifest; some believed this manifestation was god given while others simply saw themselves in the right place at the right time. This westward moving mindset did not only involve a physical move over newly acquired western lands, but it was also a mindset that liberty was a right and that individuals would prosper economically in the United States.  This nationalistic spirit still captures the imagination of people around the world who see America as an opportunity and a chance at economic prosperity.  A virtual westward moving mindset has gripped the U.S. and the world over the internet which can now be seen as a wild west that could provide liberty for all and economic prosperity.  The Badland Roads Collection captures this mindset and adds to it the chance for a shared community to be a part of our manifest destiny.  The next step for America is to embrace the independent individualism Manifest Destiny created and find ways to form communities which allow individuals to continue to thrive.