My drawing series, Surface Tension, is informed by the congruent preoccupations of Process Art and Environmental Art. Artists such as Hans Haacke, Robert Smithson, and Eva Hesse isolated specific forces of nature – gravity, evaporation, replication, condensation – in their work, and thus drew our attention to the tense and complex relationship between nature and culture. Time and change are always implicit in Process Art.
Similarly, my work documents fluid systems that I set in motion, allow to evolve over time, and intervene with as I perceive necessary. Evaporation, sedimentation, and flow are dynamic forces that I set in motion on a flat paper surface. Time is implicit in my drawings. Rhythmic, concentric forms recall the growth rings of ancient trees, or layers of sediments deposited over millennia, or contemporary glacial retreat due to global warming. The resultant drawings are both process and record.
Water and carbon are the key elements of my drawings. Paradoxically, water acts simultaneously as both trap and dispersal medium for the ink/carbon deposits added into these fluid systems. The secret of this paradox is revealed in the physics of surface tension, that curious bonding of hydrogen atoms so beloved of seventh grade science teachers. Hydrogen bonding explains the almost magical elasticity observed in the surface membrane of water. As water in my drawing systems evaporates, the ink/carbon deposits drop, spread, and thin out, leaving varying amounts of sedimentary deposits in its receding wake. Varied levels of carbon deposits translate visually to dark and light values, creating the illusion of three-dimensional forms mapped on the flat paper surface. Ambiguity of scale allows the viewer to interpret my drawings as micro- or macroscopic, as zygotes dividing at conception, or as vast, aerial landscapes. My drawings suggest, but do not illustrate, soil erosion, volcanic islands, weathered stone, lunar craters, bleached bones, and tidal flats.
Artist Bio / CV
Education The School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, 2000Yale University - Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, cum laude, 1986
Solo ExhibitionsBrooklyn Botanical Garden "Beautiful Science" New York, New YorkExhibit of large scale digital prints based on nature imagery (2004)ArtCore Art Gallery "Rule 59A (1): Transgressions in Print" Vadodara, IndiaExhibit of etchings based on Indian ephemera collages (2001)A.R.C. Gallery "Under Glass: Recent Prints" Chicago, IllinoisExhibit of color photo etchings based on nature and greenhouse imagery (2000)The Art Guild "Telling Appearances: Prints and Books" Farmington, Connecticut (1997)
Selected Group ExhibitionsHartford Framing and Art Gallery Two person exhibition (2006)Farmington Schools Art Faculty Art Exhibit Farmington Public Library (2005)State Legislative Office Building Hartford, Connecticut “Educator Art Exhibit” sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Schools (2004)Interdistrict Multicultural Arts Faculty Exhibition (2003)The Pumphouse Gallery Hartford, Connecticut Three artist group show: "Three Imagists" (2002)Welfleet Public Library Artists’ books exhibition, Welfleet, MassachusettsFarmington Public Schools “1+ 1+ 1” Faculty exhibition Stonemetal Press “Hand Pulled Prints” San Antonio, TexasGeorgia State University “10th National Printmaking Exhibition” Milledgeville, Georgia
Selected AwardsFulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program (2003)Japan study and travel program for U.S. educators Anchor Graphics Printshop Chicago, IllinoisPrintmaking Residency Award (2002)Rotary International Foundation - Scholarship for one year study/research project in India (2000-01)Research in traditional woodblock carving and printmaking techniquesConnecticut Graphic Arts Center Norwalk, Connecticut - Printmaking Fellowship Award (2000) The School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Master of Fine Arts Fellowship Award (2000)