Gallery > Roots

My research has lead me to look beyond the surface to a beauty that is less familiar, to the unseen essence of the plant - its roots. The root is the true source of life for the plant and yet this truth is a commonly overshadowed by the search for effortless beauty. Drawing is in the same boat, it is often seen as the beginning of layers for other media. Drawings sometimes-visual simplicity and all at once formal complexity is often overshadowed by other more visually commanding art forms.
Charcoal, paper and clay is a product of the earth and their presence comments on the roots origins and development. The blending of developed and underdeveloped sections of the drawings pose a question of how much of the drawing is about the object that is rendered. The charcoal and the papers physical vocabulary become important in the visual vocabulary of the image. As the artist, how much impute I have in the alteration of the object through drawing suddenly depends on how emotionally connected I am to the original object. Being emotionally connected to an object enhances and interferes with the realization of the image. I find myself trying to do right not just by the image I am creating, but by myself and the object I am elevating.

For Best Results, Plant 2m Apart
Charcoal on Paper
36" x 86"
2006
Malus
Charcoal on Paper
44" x 48"
2006
Betula
Charcoal on Paper
60"x72"
2008
Aspen
Charcoal on Paper
60"x68"
2006
Porcelain
Charcoal on Paper
36"x46"
Populus x tremuloides
Charcoal on Paper
41"x60"
2008
Tila x flavescens
Charcoal on Paper
36"x60"
2006
Hosta x lilaceac
Charcoal on Paper
41"x60"
2006
Woundwood
Charcoal on Paper
26"x24"
2007
A Small Piece Remains
Charcoal on Paper
12"x8"
2008
Remnants
Charcoal on Paper
12"x22"
2008
It Just Needs Tending
Charcoal on Paper
14"x26"
2008
Cuttings
Charcoal on Paper
25"x40"
2010