New works evolving breaking the surface tension and cutting into my canvas. look a little deeper and feel what we are made of.
painting, sawing, chiseling, cutting, drawing, chainsawing.
Paint on found object. 2012.
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shot on a holga 120
my current artists statement is heavily influenced by this work.
linoleum block hand printed on paper grocery bag with reused screen printing ink and water. 2011
This became the cover of our first house zine and has now become the title.
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I was laying on my bed when Harrison walked into my room. Wearing a gold chain and a look of spontaneous determination, I knew something big was about to happen.
We used found materials to make the most magnificent fort we could ever imagine. There were quilted gods eyes hanging from the trees over head and wooden shacks scattered about. The discarded had been reclaimed with an intention of making all things have a proper place. the walls were made of pianos and wicker. Nick turned his six foot wind chimes into a tree swing for all to play. we camped there for a few days in that grove. My jacket smelled of eucalyptus for months.
Digital collage some with oil paint from 2010-2011
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I built a boat frame out of deconstructed shipping pallets that were found on the street. I used the symbol of a shipwreck to convey the utility and function of the platform that transports many of our raw materials. The pallets are many times disregarded and left on the street because they were not of value to whoever received the materials. Shipping pallets are a structure to help move the valued commodity. Yet there is a value to the pallets themselves and I see many places that do reuse pallets for shipping purposes. I have become interested in making more functional objects out of pallets after doing this piece.
“Helena- Established by French-Canadian prospectors from Oregon in about 1849. It’s soil and weather seemed to support many acres of orchards for local produce. There were two hotels, a butcher, brewery, blacksmith and a sawmill. The modern day placename “Helena” was named for the wife of Mr. Meckel the owner of the hotel, when the post office refused the original placename “Northfork” that was already in use. Today many of the original buildings still stand on what is now private land. Today’s Helena, located about 2 miles East of “Old Helena”, between Junction City and Big Bar on Highway 299.
Please respect the property rights of the owners of this historic land. Visitors can see that vandals have periodically destroyed parts of the buildings.Helena is a small settlement on the North Fork of the Trinity River initially ” (http://users.snowcrest.net/wb6fzh/tchelena.html)
I ended up coming back down from Portland to California and ending up in Helena durring the summer solstice of 2011. Having been fairly confused and spontaneous the destination seemed to be appropriate. We stayed in the Trinity-Shasta national forest along the north fork of the trinity river in a valley between two great mountains. we were in the alps and the snow just started melting a few weeks ago. The water was frigid and crystal clear, raging over the once sandy beach at the base of the bridge we drove our car over the night before. We camped in the foundation of a former house of an 1850′s goldminer. The sun shone bright with cosmic rays blazing, my skin would be burned by that very sun for days to come. Ultra violet baths of the solstice, the closest day to the sun in the northern hemisphere, without the river to cool us, but to freeze us. We left that forest in the early afternoon with a relief from the extreme flux of hot to cold to hot.
On the way out we stopped in the town of Helena to explore what was left.
The space was overgrown, dirty, disregarded by human, but filled with insects, birds, the occasional mammal (me included). Windows broken and the doors missing, the ceilings fallen and the floors uneven. But the appliances and shelves were still there.
And The bees were buzzing.
(click for the bigger picture)
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Mural painting for group show in berkeley