Archeologies


Froelick Gallery- May 2010
Prints are currently still available.

This set of etchings was created for a limited edition artist book, Archeologies of Loss. The thoughts that began the book continued to inspire and influenced work created at my artist residency in Belgium a year ago last April as well as all that followed throughout the year, finally evolving into this exhibition.

I hope to capture a lightness, a sense of space, in spite of the ever-present fragility and mortality, reflected in my memories of desert winter landscapes— golden sun-bleached grass, charcoal woody stems, white snow, rust flowers. My images, primarily through plants, elicit ephemerality— their growth, decay and dispersal of seed, eventually disintegrating to leave only the fibrous skeleton. While working, I draw plants from life in an attempt to impart a sense of gesture and emotion. Complex organic forms act as vehicles for exploring my formal interests. I improvise with the natural form in front of me as I draw, twisting it, lengthening or shortening a stem, to find just the right angles and spaces on the page, not unlike the composition of words on a page or the rhythm of their sequence.

The prints and book were funded in part by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland Oregon.

15 x 9 in. image, 22 x 15 in. paper 15 x 9 in. image, 22 x 15 in. paper 15 x 9 in. image, 22 x 15 in. paper 15 x 9 in. image, 22 x 15 in. paper 8 x 4.5 in. image, 15 x 11 in.paper 7 x 3 in. image, 15 x 11 in. paper 8 x 4.5 in. image, 15 x 11 in.paper 7 x 3 in. image, 15 x 11 in. paper