recent paintings and news

recent paintings and news

Sunday, January 25, 2015

a sense of place in time

No paintings to share-currently in transition mode-a necessary evil.

In the meantime, I've been working on the 'land mark' series and thought I'd post my findings as well as formal statement about the inspiration.

(FB post) the late afternoon light was beautiful and my coat pocket had been holding this duck wing far too long.... I was amazed at the structure of the wing (before I dismantled it)-perfectly engineered for flight, and warmth I suppose as there were tiny downy bits close to the break. these white feathers are from the under-wing.

 formal statement: land mark

A connecting aspect of my practice has been informed by altars and alter-ability in the land. After spending time at an international residency in 2011, I have become more and more interested in the human connection with a sense of place and how we are all compelled to alter the land in some way, shape or form, even in remote, sparsely populated regions of the world.

I am driven to leave my own land marks in these places and find myself making portals from discarded vineyard wire, arranging red sumac in  spirals on blue snow shadows and lining up rows of  milkweed pods into migration patterns.

Remnants found in fallow fields such as vine, carcass, nests, litter and wild flowers are altered to become symbolic human connections to a specific sense of place in time. They are left as temporary markers for others to encounter (or not) before being reclaimed by the natural world.

I am intrigued by the processes happening in nature over time and it’s unpredictability that affects the work. The uncertainty of working with the weather, the connection between land and light, uprooting and unearthing hidden things and hidden life are all elements that motivate my practice.

Building three dimensional work using only materials available from my immediate surroundings is something that continues to take shape.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

fits and starts

falling snow swept
and swayed,
at fading games of
connect the dots
beyond the window frame
taking turns dashing in
and darting out
decoding winter’s
secret march
in summersaults
of fits and starts

aluminum pigment & charcoal on panel