2017-2018 Sampling of Work
Detail image: Two drawings from a previous series of drawings in which only two actions were repeated: score / fold.
My work represents a range of investigations concerning drawing as a question, as an ongoing practice of inquiry into ways the world might be seen. The goal is not to always make an object, or to find an answer - but to sustain the question, using drawing as the vehicle for understanding experience. With an MFA in Drawing from the University of Iowa (early 1990's) I continue to practice & explore what drawing means as a visual form of philosophy. The act of drawing is a direct (non-linguistic) way to express complexity of thought through sight and movement with shifting tools at hand. The continuous thread that lies in my process is the impulse to learn through quietly looking and drawing many things that are difficult to understand. To eek out deeper dialogue in relation with things not necessarily socially engaged or driven.
In particular, while my studio practice often still uses paper in traditional ways, the investigations have been moving outside with an awareness of the rich landscape around, knowing that context is often half the meaning. What are the politics of space, and how does one listen to that? What is it's history, and who gets to decide how a place will be used and seen? In exploring space through drawing as an open approach, the politic of body and territory are becoming more clear: I seek to reveal hidden events on the land - things that are overlooked - and with a resonance of past next to desperation of present shifting climate change. Putting an ear to the ground, drawing helps me listen.