Depth of Field
Depth of Field is a multidisciplinary exhibit of found-object sculptures, drawings, paintings, video and land art documentation, all inspired by immersions in the Midwest landscape.
The sculptures combine weathered natural and manufactured objects in the search for visual harmony arising from advanced material decay. Although I intend these works to be beautiful, I also mean to comment on the larger relationship between contemporary culture and nature.
The land art work takes place outdoors, existing for just a few moments or developing over many years. Objects, photos and videos of the work become artifacts from the event while the landscape continues to evolve. The collaboration with natural forces results in ever-changing artwork that lives on by itself with my manipulation as an element in its composition.
The drawings include archetypal graphic motifs, abstract images based on routes of daily travel, and visual expressions of energy. While some of these works refer directly to the landscape, others are symbolic of the search for universal patterns and truths.
The paintings are saturations of yellow that seem like an allowance of positivity, and like walking through prairies full of summer flowers humming with insects in the breeze. These works layer textures and colors over each other until a surface of bright, warm yellow is created to represent clarity, happiness and light, built on layers of deep experience.
Works in Depth of Field are related to each other by the use of weathered materials, two- and three-dimensional linear elements and color, and interactions with the Midwest landscape. The work reflects patterns and forms in nature without denying the presence of humanity while evoking memories of specific places.