Artist-in-Residence, Guadalupe Mountains National Park
I was selected to be the summer artist-in-residence at the Guadalupe Mountains National Park in west Texas. During my time there, I will draw the landscape, photograph, and learn about the area’s geological history and plant ecologies. I plan on safely removing non-native plant species and processing them into handmade paper pulp paintings. The artwork resulting from the residency will communicate the complexity of this region.
Ebb and Flow VI, Lockport IL
Ebb and Flow VI is on view through October 2018 as part of unLOCK: Merging Art and Industry in Downtown Lockport, an NEA Our Town project where Megan Singleton and I were selected public artists.
Based on the Des Plaines watershed map and invasive plant species in Lockport, this collaborative installation explores the local landscape through the medium of papermaking—at once a historical handcraft and industrial technology. The sculptural lines of dark green paper pulp depict the shape of the Des Plaines Watershed. This site specific work is accompanied by cyanotype contact prints of invasive plants impacting the ecology of the watershed. Cyanotype is a historical photographic process that was developed in 1842. We chose this process to convey the parallel developments in engineering and technology happening across the globe during the time period of the construction of the Gaylord Building, I&M Canal, and city planning of Lockport.
Blackstone Watershed Papers at Pawtucket Arts Festival, September 2018
Inspired by local plants and sketches of Blackstone River landscapes, this public art installation will be presented in a series of 6, 3 ft. diameter artist-made paper circles, pasted to building facades in downtown Pawtucket RI. The paper itself is made from invasive and discarded plant fibers from waterways and the SCLT Galego Community Farm.
Additionally, a public papermaking event at the Southside Community Land Trust Galego farm will result in community-created paper circles, installed in the Galego Court community center.