My work is about trash, graffiti and ruin. It’s about the decomposition of things, the scars and cracks in surfaces and the way in which forgotten objects transform and take on new life. Much like an archaeologist I study the ground and search for patterns, for signs of flow and movement in what most consider to be dead matter. It’s not dead, and I work at documenting what life is like for the things we threw away, for broken objects we created a long time ago. How can they speak to us now?
Each of these paintings is titled with the exact coordinates where the original photograph was made. The photograph is then color separated and each layer is screen printed onto a wood panel with acrylic and metallic paint to reconstitute the image. Occasionally editions are made but for the most part each painting is unique. The coordinates can be plugged into any mapping software to find the original site. Each site is a kind of “outcropping” of discarded man-made things as can be found almost anywhere on earth, but most often overlooked, ignored or edited out of the landscape.
Transfer Drawings (Contested Ground)
Paper and graphite are all that is used for these works. Paper is laid down and an embossed rubbing is made of the pavement with 9B graphite. The title for each piece is the location where the work was made. The locations themselves vary widely from the sites of LA riot fires to the eroded parking spaces at a health clinic considered the birthplace of the sex change operation. These drawings give a way to interface with alternate historical narratives that aren’t marked with plaques or monuments.