Collage; paper, foil, handwoven Hubei cottons, food coloring on birch panel. Ht. @ 3', l @ 5', d. 1/2", 2015 Sold
Collage on birch panel, 2015
Placemats for Pluto
This is a series of woven drawings commemorating the 85th anniversary of the discovery of Pluto in Flagstaff Arizona. The drawings were of Ponderosa pines in the Coconino National Forest where I was staying for an artist's residency in June 2015. I cut up and wove the drawings together to make it possible for Pluto to join the table of the big planets.
Placemats for Pluto 1
Charcoal, woven paper drawing, 2015
This is a series of drawings done in the Ponderosa Pine forest at Roger's Lake Arizona, 2015. The rain made the paintings on top of which I drew tree roots, stumps and branches of the trees.
Rain drawing 1, 2015, charcoal, pigment, rainwater on paper
Rain drawing 2, charcoal, pigment, rainwater on paper
Rain Drawing 3, charcoal, pigment, rainwater on paper
Rain Drawing 4, charcoal, pigment and rainwater on paper
Rain Drawing 5, charcoal, pigment, copper leaf and rainwater on paper
Rain Drawing 6, charcoal, pigment, rainwater on paper
Rain Drawing 7, charcoal, pigment, rainwater on paper
Rain Drawing 8, charcoal, pigment and rainwater on paper
Rain Drawing 9, charcoal, pigment, rainwater on paper
Rain Drawing 10, charcoal, pigment, rainwater on paper
Rain Drawing 11, charcoal, pigment, rainwater on paper
Tundra Swan 2015 detail
Birch Forest 2015
Birch Forest II 2015
Tundra Swan 2015
Arctic Tern 2015
Currently on view in Respond at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn NYC
Write their names here - all of them - women, men, children - all who were lost to us by a tarnished anguish not rectified - breathe together
Rod O'Connor and Marisa Mendez-Brady: photograph and soundscapes
This exhibition is a de-topography of Texas; it reflects the long view of the profoundly changing horizons. The environment moves from land to sea and back again. Large tree trucks twist into a forest of kelp; the soundscape providing waves of sonic experience. Animals and environments provide a visual microcosm of morphological time.
the roundness of the sun faded
rippled into a wide hazy ribbon
salt water seeped into the sand
minerals aggregating into architectures
strange forms of limnal strata
a long ago ocean inclined to weald
winds became tender
and reversed again
the once more roll of time
that inadequate assessment of all things
changed back again
dust to mist
Acrylic on scrim, 9' x 3', 2014, sold
Grey Fox, acrylic on scrim, 9' x 3', sold
ancienne forêt, acrylic on canvas, 4' x 3', sold
Transmutation, acrylic on canvas, 3' x 4'
Lichen deer twins, sold
Ink, graphite, pastel on paper, 2014
InfinEtudes is a text, series of silk prints and a performance in Central Park's Lake on 31 May 2013. For the performance I and fellow artist & friend Ihrie Means rowed a rowboat around the Lake with double lines of silk printed images aloft.
InfinEtudes uses the imagery of deer as heralds and messengers to reveal things like mitochondria, frost, lichen, and rocks from outer space. The intricate web of interactions between visual elements and intellectual inquiry is what I chronicle in my work. Printed on lightweight silk, the InfinEtudes images are interspersed with pictures of water, reeds, asphalt, trees and snow. The works are sewn onto ribbons as banners and flags in the hope that all who see them or feel the wind passing will benefit.
Mythological Moss Cores
Here, in layers of moss, ancient mythologies are partially revealed in a hollow bamboo core. This is a quiet installation. Instead of petrophysical layering, there is bryophytal layering. Stories from earlier times are written in mass and color, in branch pattern and textures. These core samples interpret the pore spaces between the mythic materials and document changes in our cultural terrain of belief and narrative.
Series of 5 paintings and two photographs, 2012
Instars is a series of paintings chronicling the life cycle of the stars. The series records the images of stars from proto-stars to sub-stellar objects to hydrogen fusion stars onwards to low, mid and massive stars, developing into neutron stars and finally ending as white dwarves. The series ends with two photographs recording the destruction of the final star form, the painting White Dwarves, in a supernova.
The title of the series actually refers to the morphological changes undergone by insects; from larvae to pupae to butterflies, for example. Stars also undergo extraordinary changes in their physical composition as they develop. In this way the connection between the stars and life on planet Earth is evinced.
Hydrogen Fusion Star Sold
Acrylic and sand on hemp paper 2012
Transit of Venus
This installation consists of a poem and several paintings. The poem is on the wall below a small painting referencing Venus. The paintings close by approximate the lichen’s humble and quiet habitat, just slightly above sea level.
Research into the Transit of Venus (5/6 June 2012) linked me with a remote place at the far south edge of the Indian Ocean, the Kerguelen Islands. In the 19th c. a group of scientific observers from the US Naval Observatory made camp there to witness and record the Transit of Venus (1874). The oceanic vastness of the sky –there, at the almost end of the world - and the relative purity of its air made Kerguelen an ideal observation post. This year (and in 2004) mark the rare and only time in our lives the pair of Transits occur.
Kerguelen cannot sustain trees, only mosses and lichens and a peculiar plant called Kerguelen cabbage. I began to wonder what the lichen, anchored to the stones in that most extreme environment, must think when they witness the Transit of Venus. The poem is on the wall with a small painting referencing Venus above, and the paintings are placed near the floor close by to approximate the lichen’s habitat, humble and quiet, slightly above sea level. The poem and the accompanying paintings are the result of that inquiry.
The Longing of Lichen
Tidal winds cross the subartic convergence
The stone flowers of Kerguelen islands
deep in their continuum, a slow forever
calling the lowlands, the mountains of the sea
Above a spinning stone in space
Whose Euterpean harmony no ear can hear
Whose shores no evanescent foam can reach
A wanderer in a distant gyre
The lichen look up to see her -
their Usnea Venus who appears
freed from her terrestrial stone
slowly pearling across the sun
They wish to fly alongside her
yet this is not given to them.
In the longing of lichen
the shadow of the planet is strangely moving
Longing of Lichen 1, sold
Longing of Lichen 2, sold
A chance encounter with a deer led to a series of paintings. The grace of the deer and the beauty of the branches of trees made a deep impact on me. I painted these deer remembering the days when deer were magical.