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EARTH, SKY, WATER

Statement & Exhibition Guide

I work in collaboration with the forces of nature, creating cyanotypes with outdoor sunlight and often using plants and other elements from nearby surroundings in the exposure. As I work outdoors with materials that are responsive to the elements, I feel a deep engagement with localized ecosystems. This engagement is furthered by working with paper and canvas at the edges of oceans, rivers, and other bodies of water in an attempt to capture their ebb and flow at that particular time and place. My observation of these natural phenomena has made me increasingly aware of the delicate interconnections in the world around us, and the changes in our ecosystem that require both humans and animals to adapt to new ways of navigating the world.

My recent focus is on sea kelp ecosystems, and I use kelp from California beaches to create small- and large-scale pieces. In these works, I seek to capture the power and mystery of the ocean as well as the beauty and fragility of kelp forests.

 


NEW NAVIGATION
2017 exhibition guide
Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka CA

July 5 – August 27, 2017

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Flow / Cyanotype, oil paint, and wax on paper on panel, 14 x 11 in. each, 2018

Deep Space 1 / Cyanotype and ink on paper, 22 x 30 in., 2015

Deep Space 2 / Cyanotype and ink on paper, 22 x 30 in., 2015

Deep Space 3 / Cyanotype, ink, machine stitching and acetate on paper, 30 x 22 in., 2019

Total Eclipse / Cyanotype and wax on paper and panel, 24 x 55 in., 2020

Navigating Deep Space 1 / Mixed media on paper, 42 x 30 in., 2019

Navigating Deep Space 2 / Mixed media on paper, 30.5 x 43 in., 2019

Incoming Tide, Diptych / Cyanotype on paper, 88 x 30 in., 2018

Undersea Cosmology / Cyanotype and ink on paper, 18.5 x 12 in., 2019

Kelp Forest 1 / Cyanotype on paper, 72 x 38 in., 2018

Kelp Forest 2 / Cyanotype on paper, 72 x 38 in., 2018

Sea Forest 1 / Cyanotype on silk, 120 x 45 in., 2018

Sea Plant Study 3 / Cyanotype and wax on paper on panel, 18 x 24 in., 2019

Sea Plant Study 5 / Cyanotype, gouache, and wax on paper on panel, 18 x 24 in., 2019

Adrift, Diptych / Cyanotype and wax on paper on panel, 24 x 36 in., 2019

Sea Forest 2 / Cyanotype and embroidery on silk, 120 x 45 in., 2020

Sea Forest 3 / Cyanotype on silk, 78 x 45 in., 2020

Sea Forest 1 (Left), Kelp Forest 1 & 2 (Right) / Traces Exhibition, Gearbox Gallery, Oakland, CA, 2019

Confluence / Cyanotype, oil paint, and wax on paper on panel, 24 x 36, 2016

Estuary / Cyanotype, oil paint, and wax on paper on panel, 30 x 20 in., 2019

Tidal Glitter / Cyanotype, ink, and embroidery on paper, 24 x 19 in., 2020

Earth, Sky, Water / Cyanotype and oil paint on canvas, 47 x 114 in., 2017

Tidal Surge / Cyanotype, ink, and wax on paper on panel, 14 x 11 in., 2019

Navarro / Cyanotype, oil, and wax on paper on panel, 14 x 11 in. each, 2018

Ocean Mist / Cyanotype and wax on paper on panel, 24 x 18 in. each, 2019

New Navigation Installation, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA, 2017

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