Impermanence/Permanence June 2020

This mini series of three was created using Iron pigment I refined from an extremely deteriorated object in the California Desert. The Ginkgo leaf was painted using acrylic.

The Iron oxide used for the hands represents impermanence. The once solid object now dust. The Gingko tree is the last of its genus of trees that have survived the hands of time for 270 million years. A timeless symbol of endurance and permanence. In these times of climate change and Covid 19 we are reminded more and more that there are forces beyond our control, we have had to face our mortality, our impermanence. Like the Ginkgo leaf, our planet will remain long after we leave. But like the dust from iron, we can undergo a metamorphosis, become something else, something more sustainable, something more permanent.

I really hope that the faults brought to light in our governance and society can be seen and heard and real change can be made. I created unsanctioned street art pieces that were place in Denver. CO to accompany the studio work.

For this series I have begun breaking down rust, like that from barbed wire or the Mexican/American wall, into a pigment. The themes will explore physical and personal boundaries.

During and after living in the southwest thinking a lot about borders and walls, having the wall to Mexico quite literally in my back yard, I have have thought a lot about the development and monopolization of land here in the states. The invention of barbed wire, which created physical property lines that are strewn all throughout the west as colonizers claimed land rights. Being out in this remote area has also allowed me to dive deeper into myself, exploring my person boundaries. I want this series to explore human's pushing their edges. What drives us to push our comfort zones?

"Edges" Series, (2019- Present)

pigment
pigment
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Contemplation
Contemplation

12"X12" Iron Oxide on Paper

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Pushing Boundaries
Pushing Boundaries

12"X12" Iron Oxide on Paper

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Courage
Courage

10"x12" Iron Oxide on Paper

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Greener Pastures
Greener Pastures

12"X14" Iron Oxide/Acrylic on Paper

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"From the Ash" Series, (2017- 2018)

This series experiments with creating pigment from ash that fell in Portland during the Eagle Creek Wildfire in Oregon.  It destroyed 45,000 acres of wildlife preserve and was caused by a teen playing with fireworks. The series will work with imagery pertaining to wildfires and human encroachment of preserved wilderness. All work is done on Bamboo paper.

Just A Playground
Just A Playground

Ash and Charcoal on Bamboo Paper Hand holding firecrackers like the one that started the fire.

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Eagle Creek Wild Fire, Sept 19'
Eagle Creek Wild Fire, Sept 19'
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Experiments with Ash
Experiments with Ash
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Flourish
Flourish

22"x30" Ash and Charcoal Pencil on bamboo paper

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"Flourish" (detail)
"Flourish" (detail)

22"x30" Ash and Charcoal Pencil on bamboo paper

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Perfect Time
Perfect Time

8"12" Ash and Charcoal on Bamboo Paper

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IMG_3828
IMG_3828
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Spring/Sprung
Spring/Sprung
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Fine Ash Floated From 20 Miles Away
Fine Ash Floated From 20 Miles Away
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