Sunday, July 29, 2007

Blues Chapel

American Dream

Man's Fate


Life Everlasting

Book of Extinct Languages

Earth Moods

Does the Earth feel angry when man drills for oil? Are rainbow the way our planet smiles? Does the Earth have moods?

I was drawn to this 1925 poetry book by Hervey Allen entitled Earth Moods. I wondered about tornados and tsunamis, tidal waves and droughts. I wondered, “Is these the manifestations of the Earth’s moods?” By altering the volume, I explored the idea that our celestial sphere is a living, ever-changing organism, alive even as it is inert, fragile but fully capable to erupt in earthquakes and blow off steam through geysers. The pages combine the original poetry text with images, facts, and elementary school questions. Data include statistics on the Earth’s size, shape, geological formations, weather phenomena, erosion projections, information on plate tectonics, and measurements of the highest mountains and the longest rivers as well as other interesting numbers. My wish is that viewers contemplate human emotions when facing ecological issues.

Which Came First?

This video shows my artist book as displayed during Columbia's annual Artista Vista spring arts event. Watercolor paper was painted and collaged with images of bird eggs and real feathers.

Home Economics

This video shows the creation of a collaborative work of art. Poet Ed Madden and I worked together in order to contribute this piece to the 2007 Dining With Friends charity benefiting Aids victims and research.

Nails in a Coffin, 1861-1865

This altered book was made using an antique book cover, tea stained watercolor pages, scraps of pages from Harper's Weekly (1861-65), and silk stained with the rust from old, square nails.