2015-17 | Modern Fossils

Modern Fossils are paintings that explore consciousness, evolution, geological time and the Anthropocene. The abstracted painted imagery takes on a plant/animal symbiosis and relies on a combination of gesture and layering of paint, texture and printed forms. The paintings fossilize the moment, meanwhile appropriating and reinventing images directly from nature and cultural history. The trace of the hand or mark making with brush leaves evidence of everything it is not, as visible impression of the indeterminacy of space and thought impression.

My painting is a synthesis of painting languages, connecting Modernism, Surrealism and fossil formations in natural history. It is an explorative process, with time as the main ingredient, some paintings taking many years. This technique allows complete freedom to invent surfaces of paint, glazes, textures and patterns that radiate energy and light from within the physical structure of the painting.

The spectacle of opposition in the natural world – creation and destruction, growth and decay, rebirth and transformation, is the beauty that inspires and informs the work. The textural qualities of paint and sand embed gesture as Modern Fossils. Like a fossil of a geological trace, the paintings speak the infinite languages within water, sky and all of the natural environment. Modern Fossils unite the chaos and order of the natural world in a Darwinian evolutionary dance.

Fossil history has always fascinated me, and after moving to New York City in 1977, I continued to visit fossil sites in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay to unravel the expressions of the earth embedded in the 20 million-year-old fossil deposits of the cliffs. My art evidences geological time as textural elements: crusty sand, clay cliffs and the aquatic movements of the bay and its bioluminescent properties.

 

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Bioluminecent Being 2017, acrylic, ink, and sand on canvas 24×20

Blue Bird2017, acrylic, cyanotype, copper leaf on canvas 10×10

Blue World 2017, acrylic, sand, leafing on canvas 70×50

Cardinal Mind 2017, acrylic, sand on canvas 30×26

Cherry Blossom 2017, acrylic, sand, silkscreen, leafing on canvas 44×36

Cherry Tree 2017, acrylic, sand on canvas 30×26

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Flame Fossil 2017, acrylic, sand, leafing, silkscreen on canvas 26×20

Flowering Weed 2016, acrylic, sand, collage on canvas 30×26

Garden Vortex 2017, acrylic, sand, leafing, silkscreen on canvas 25×24

Golden Fossil 2015, acrylic, sand, silkscreen, leafing on canvas 46×34

Golden Hive 2017, acrylic, sand, gold and copper leaf on canvas 28×24

Golden Rod 2017, acrylic, ink, and sand on canvas 24×20

Goldfinch Fossil 2017, acrylic, sand, leafing on canvas 30×26

Hummingbird Fossil 2017, acrylic, ink, and sand on canvas 24×20

Labyrinth 2016, acrylic, silkscreen on canvas 50×40

Labyrinth, Gold, Silver 2017, acrylic, sand , leafing on canvas 56×49

Memorial to 8 Children of 911, 2001-2017, acrylic, silkscreen and sand on canvas 100×70


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MODERN FOSSILS

Natural History 2017, acrylic, sand and silkscreen on canvas 24×24

Night Weed 2017, acrylic, sand, leafing on canvas42x22

Plant Lumen 2017, acrylic, sand on canvas 30×24

Raspberry Patch 2017, acrylic, sand on canvas 30×26

Red Labyrinth 2017, acrylic, pencil, leafing on canvas 16×14

Red Rose 2017, acrylic, sand on canvas 100×70

Sky Blue 2007-17, acrylic, cyanotype, sand on canvas 70×50

Sun Weed 2017, acrylic,sand, leafing on canvas 20×20

Tree House 2017, acrylic, silkscreen, sand, and leafing on canvas 30×15

Weed Shower 2017, acrylic, sand, leafing on canvas 26×30

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