Collection Artwork
An abstract painting of a forest with chopped tree trunks near the front and stone-like and metal-like materials scattered around the damaged trees.
Whiting Tennis (born Hampton, Virginia, 1959)
Wilderness Painting
acrylic and collage on canvas
canvas size: 96 1/4 x 108 in.
Gift of The New Foundation Seattle
completed at the Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York, United States, North America

Ongoing Research

Research on our collection is ongoing. If you have resources you’d like to share, please contact Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.

Tang Collective Catalog

Whiting Tennis’s Wilderness Painting is an erratic and enveloping collage that confronts viewers with the destructive relationship between humans and natural world. Viewing the work from bottom to top, one can see these pieces of man-made creations gradually disintegrate into chaotic wilderness. The large scale of the collage presents an overwhelming feeling that our impact on the natural world is fleeting. Tennis provides a sense of irony to this scene stating, “humans need to organize and clean and be dry and well-fed, and nature just comes down and goes ‘Awchhh.’”
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