While hiking the high desert in Taos, New Mexico, I became fascinated with forms of
eroding sagebrush. These serpentine forms embody the entropic process, transitioning
from a state of growth to one of dissolution.
The earlier pieces (2012-2014) are severely cropped, the forms abstracted and
ambiguous, reminiscent of root systems and microscopic bodily vessels. Drawn on
translucent mylar, some are layered with archival ink jet prints. I have experimented with
their installation, reinforcing the depth of the tangled, twisted shapes and resisting the
contained order of the grid structure and rectilinear supports.
My current drawings are large-scale (42”X96”) landscapes developed in relation to (and
in tension with) the 18th century notion of the sublime. These are less abstracted and
more realistic than the earlier work, focusing on abject and mundane spaces rather than
the grand vistas of the tradition with which we are so familiar. Life-size details of the
New Mexican high desert depict entropic spaces comprised of eroding sagebrush, weeds,
and soil, referencing decay and abjection, while also embodying the beauty of the organic
patterns. It is within the boundaries and tensions of these “humbler” landscapes that I
feel I might explore a sense of the contemporary sublime.
Over the past six years I’ve worked on installations, using two-dimensional media such as painting, drawing, and digital prints, to explore aspects of memory, history, and aging. I’m interested in layering, translucency, and juxtaposition, using these visual strategies to help express aspects of fluid and contingent phenomena. I work intuitively and through association, creating a layering of images, textures, and media that are accumulated and hung on walls, in free space and/or placed on floors.
This past year my work has been in transition and I’ve begun working in more traditional formats - on charcoal and graphite drawings - with simpler compositions than my earlier installations. While the formats have shifted in this new work, the underlying themes of temporality and aging continue to inform them. They are very much in process and I will be working on them during the residency.