The work in GROUND SHIFT was made in response to my recent time in Iceland. The title nods to the act of traveling and literally shifting ground, altering one’s place in the world and thus one’s view. Iceland feels like a ground in perpetual motion and transition; impacted by eruptions, tectonic plate shift, glacial melt, and constant weather change. In Iceland I felt both awe and inconsequentially vulnerable to the whim of, not simply the land, but the whole spinning earth. I stood completely blinded by dense fog, touched rocks that rose up from under the earths crust, stared off through vast barren lava fields, and humbly climbed atop a glacier as it melted beneath my feet. Distinct from my past work, these paintings bear fewer direct references to the manmade and settle the gaze on the idea of the landscape itself. In this way, GROUND SHIFT also refers to a change in scale and focus within the work - a shift towards glacier time, tectonic movement, and geological formation.