Riverpuzzle (detail), wall installation, 12' x 14'
Every curving edge represents an actual place where water meets land on the skin of our earth.
For the last thirteen years my work has been focused on our fragile world waters as news stories of specific water places and issues drive me to respond...
The steep challenges and consequences are real.
The balancing of poetry and politics feeds and challenges me and my work.
Each river or waterway in works above have their own environmental and/or political issues. And, from a higher universal perspective, each branching flowing waterway can also be seen as botanical or anatomical. These various layers of meaning and concern are in back of mind as I make choices and tease the fluid oils and pigments in my water-focused work.
Most oil and acrylic paintings in the scroll above are 36 x 36 or larger.
Four scrolling square works on vellum paper (with thin interior border) are part of Waterplaces, a collection of 100 small works initially exhibited at Kansas City Design Center in Kansas City, Missouri, as seen in the large photo...and ultimately purchased by The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art in Manhattan, Kansas, for their permanent collection. Each Waterplaces image has a corresponding written page.
The slender "tangled creeks" work on vellum, Wabaunsee Waters III, is one of a triptych in the collection of KU's School of Business in Lawrence, Kansas, along with the gray and amber oil painting Prairie Creek River (Konza, McDowell, Kaw).
Works on paper below began as I looked at several oil paintings on easels and experimented with capturing new angles, photographing across the surface of the paintings so that perspective upon these actual river paths shifted from satellite to airplane viewpoint. The resulting archival pigment prints, when cut along lines where water meets land, become the shapes and lines that you see here collaged into singular configurations, a fun process!! Sizes range from approx. 5" - 15"
(Further below: )
ACID WASH series with ocean acidification in mind...
And various iterations of DROPS, a project currently in serious expansion mode...STAY TUNED!!!