Notes from the Sea reflects the clash/coexistence between the industrial and the natural worlds.
Industrial debris, machine parts, and marine life are entangled or morph into one another. Begun after the Gulf Oil Spill, this series is fueled by my concerns about environmentally destructive practices: the devastation of coral reefs through the system of bottom trawling; plastic packaging that washes out to sea, contributing to the five gyres and to beaches awash with plastic bottles; oil spills. I use the materiality of paint, paper, wood, and print, and present images of beauty while offering reflections on destruction.
The large paintings and woodblock prints are constructed of irregularly shaped wood panels that fit together like a puzzle. Both begin with automatic writing-- gestural calligraphic marks that reflect the movement of my arm/body as I move across the surface. The imagery results from the rhythm and suggestions of the black marks on the white surface, or, in the prints, passages that reflect the printed wood grain. The smaller round paintings suggest portholes or microscopic views, or even amoeba-like forms; the relief prints on handmade paper, with pulp painting, also reference underwater glimpses.