images, Solo Exhibition
at Marcia Wood Gallery, October 25 - December 1, 2012
My work is documentary in nature, chronicling
particular experiences by drawing/ painting all of its components.
Most recently the work is the result of time spent in Antarctica
as a grantee of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctica
Artists and Writers Program. Earlier drawings were made during
and after an expedition to the to the Galapagos Islands where I
drew in the research labs at the Charles Darwin Foundation and
all around the islands. I also chronicled a voyage aboard the Research
Vessel Wecoma, as it sailed up the Oregon/Washington coast.
Earlier projects have included drawing everything I own, the contents
of women’s bags and an extensive series of drawings about
the things purchased with our tax dollars. This large series of
drawings includes depictions of everything in and on a fire truck,
the contents of a government funded virology laboratory, the battered
chairs in a public school classroom and the range of equipment
used in Iraq. In addition I have been recording the war casualties.
Wrapped in the Flag depicts coalition troop losses, and consists
of rows of small silhouetted figures (over 4000), each filled with
a portion of the appropriate national flag, then labeled with the
soldier’s name / age. Collateral Damage documents civilian
casualties, mainly Iraqi. Pencil silhouettes are filled in with
white pencil, many identified by name/ age. Over 21,000 figures
have been drawn so far, a tiny fraction of the reality. Together
there are now 35 scrolls 5’ by 1’ wide. The drawing
of the virology lab lead me to the subject of being an artist in
the midst of science—and it is on this that I continue to
The sum of its parts is greater than the whole. Like an anthropologist/archaeologist
(and often “fly on the wall”) I approach a situation,
document its parts, by observing, listening and researching. The
result is work that goes beyond the elements themselves to give
the viewer a full sense of an experience.