Foraging, Oil and matte-medium transfer on linen, 42” x 31”, 2016
“Catalpa, Burdock, Clover, Worm” situates intimate portraits of family and friends in the lush environment of the Arkansas Ozarks. The large, narrative works on canvas are created through a unique combination of ink washes, digital photo transfers, and figurative painting. These processes create friction between the smooth, hyper-detailed, painted passages and the accidents, scratches, and fragmentation that result from the photo transfers. This series also often draw on the visual vocabulary of Renaissance artists, mapping religious iconography onto specific stories of death and rebirth in the environment. Alongside the paintings, this exhibition included a grow-station with live plants, a a foraging jacket covered in local edible plants and mushrooms, and a hand-built solar oven. By depicting human relationships within their specific ecosystems, these paintings entwine portraiture and landscape painting to enact the entwinement of our personal lives with the lives of the habitats we live in.
Roll over the Rock, Oil and transfer on canvas, 54” x 37”, 2016
Catalpa, Oil and transfer on canvas, 68” x 42”, 2016
Detail from Catalpa, Oil and transfer on canvas, 68” x 42”, 2016
Deer Kill, Oil and transfer on canvas, 48” x 36”, 2016
Detail of Deer Kill, Oil and transfer on canvas, 48” x 36”, 2016
Nine Stone, Matte-medium transfer on canvas, 48" x 72", 2016
Wild Violets, Oil and transfer on canvas, 53” x 82”, 2016
Detail of Wild Violets, Oil and transfer on canvas, 53” x 82”, 2016
Installation of grow-station and paintings in "Catalpa, Burdock, Clover, Worm" at the Levitt Gallery, Iowa City, IA, 2016.
Grow-Station, Native plants, wood, and grow-lights, 2' x' 4' x 6', 2016
Foraging Jacket, matte-medium transfer of local plants and mushrooms on silk, 2015