Each painting is a reflection of life on the Columbia
Plateau. The water is a metaphor for time, always sculpting,
flowing, and changing. I have thought about this space,
one that is inherently beautiful while simultaneously
deadly, for some time.
painting is made with video stills of moving water.
The place of each video holds significance to me; each
being a part of my history and love of the West. The
stills are printed on dura-clear, mounted between silver
and Plexiglas. Thin layers of oil paint and text are
applied and then sanded away. The text is a combination
of history, poetry, mythology, and family stories. What
is left on the surface of the paintings, after the sanding
away, are remnants of thought and actions, and their
impressions left on the surface.
I - V are made with video stills, digital text, and
transfer lettering. The images are made on a digital
platform with text and video. The image is then printed
on vellum and numerous layers of transfer lettering
are applied. Each layer of lettering incorporates different
perspectives on water, history, stories, and the mythology
of the West.
Evaporate I - III are objects that are made with mirror,
glass, photographs of water, oil paint, and transfer
lettering. The photograph, printed on a transparency,
is mounted between the mirror and glass. Layers of oil
paint, wax, and transfer lettering are applied across
text applied with transfer lettering on each object
are stories of lost cultures. The stories are those
of the American West, people who shaped it's history,
place, and identity in the twenty first century.