This work stems from my contemplations on nature and our relationship to the environment. The series consists of cyanotypes made on the oceanfront on the eastern shore of the Atlantic. started in Montauk, NY, at the Andy Warhol Preserve and the Nature Conservancy artist residency during the Fall of 2019 (and continued on Cape Henlopen, DE). Made in collaboration with the landscape by employing sun, ocean water, sediment, and coastal plants, these agents leave a physical inscription through direct contact with the medium. The process creates patterns and textures imprinted on the paper by plunging pre-coated light-sensitive paper into the water, where the salt, sand, and seaweed wash over it. The sunlight colors surfaces in various shades of brilliant blues.
This series employs a wide range of blue hues evocative of light and underwater spaces layered with weather data derived from satellite images, tracing of wind patterns and notation of locations and speed, abstract marks and shapes to create fluid movement. Deep azure and cerulean may first appear subtle and even of low contrast. Still, a moment of intimate viewing allows the colors to saturate the surface with emerging purples, pinks, and ochres that have the power to swell from near-silent serenity to tempests. The array of compositions provide shifting perspectives from torrent skies to ocean horizons reaching sea depths pierced with sunlit water surfaces.
The cyanotype process soaks up light, absorbing a fraction of time. By referencing the sublime, geologic forms, wind, and weather patterns, my work continues to highlight global climate change focusing on the threat of rising seas from melting ice caps. By infusing the paper with the saline ocean water and permeating it with the sunlight, every piece accelerates the current environmental narrative.