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MIGRATION

Statement & Catalog

“The relationship of humans to the earth on which they are born is based less on attachment to a particular place than on movement across it.”
– Paul Virilio, Terre Natale

I am fascinated by the movement of humans and animals across the globe, and am drawn to illustrate their webs and networks of transit. I am also fascinated by cosmology, in particular the way the earth and other heavenly bodies travel through space. Accordingly, this body of work is inspired both by the movements of the planets and stars, and by the complementary movements of animals and people across the earth.

In this series I work with cyanotype, one of the oldest alternative photographic processes. Cyanotype was the original process by which blueprints were created, and its blue color evokes skies and oceans, giving the works a vast, dreamlike, atmospheric quality. I begin each piece by painting the emulsion onto paper in the darkroom in varying patterns, after which I expose the  prints in outdoor sunlight, sometimes working in locations over which flocks of migratory birds fly. Following the exposure process, I add gouache, ink, pastel, or wax to some of the works to further develop them as paintings.

 


MIGRATION
2014 exhibition catalog with essay by Maria Porges
de Saisset Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA

April 9 – June 15, 2014

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Traces / Cyanotype on paper with acrylic, 36 x 132 in., 2017

Falling Feathers / Cyanotype and acrylic on paper, 30 x 22 in., 2019

Taking Flight (left), Migration exhibition, Los Medanos College Art Gallery, Pittsburg, CA, 2014

Navigating by Stars 1 / Cyanotype, gouache, and wax on paper on panel, 60 x 20 in., 2014

LeCiel Bleu / Cyanotype and gouache on paper, 22 x 31 in., 2014

Hover, triptych / Cyanotype on paper, 72 x 114in., 2014

Migration exhibition, Los Medanos College Art Gallery, Pittsburg, CA, 2014

Opening, Triptych / Cyanotype, gouache, ink, and wax on paper with navigation charts on panel, 22 x 45 in., 2014

Unexplored Regions / Cyanotype, gouache, and wax on paper on panel, 44 x 30 in., 2014

Navigating by Stars 2 / Cyanotype, gouache, and wax on paper on panel, 20 x 30 in., 2014

Navigating by Stars 3 / Cyanotype, gouache, and wax on paper on panel, 20 x 30 in., 2014

Beckoning to the Birds / Cyanotype and pastel on paper, 38 x 72 in., 2014

Lido / Cyanotype, gouache, ink, beads, bone, and embroidery on paper with silk organza, 35 x 43 in., 2014

Treasure Map 3 / Cyanotype, ink, embroidery, and found vintage paper, 28 x 18.5 in., 2017

Treasure Map 1 / Cyanotype, ink, embroidery, and found vintage paper, 28 x 18.5 in., 2017

Treasure Map 2, Cyanotype, ink, embroidery, and found vintage paper, 28 x 18.5 in., 2017

Migration exhibition, Los Medanos College Art Gallery, Pittsburg, CA, 2014

Mapping the Dawn Sky / Cyanotype and wax on paper on panel, 22 x 75 in., 2014

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