Drawing Down, recycled motor oil, vitrine, linen and natural light. Dimensions variable, shown here at Spare Change Artist Space 2013
To draw down is to deplete by using or spending, here the act is alluded to as the linen slowly absorbs the oil, darkens and obscures the light and view from the window.
There are more microbes in a teaspoon of soil than there are people on the earth. – James J. Hoorman & Rafiq Islam, OSU Extension
THE SOIL, too—let others pen-and-ink the sea, the air, (as I sometimes try)—but now I feel to choose the common soil for theme—naught else. – Walt Whitman
3rd iteration of Colony 2019, valise, soil, self portrait, post-cards, compostable bags and wood.
Colony, (2nd iteration) at the Garage in San Francisco, CA 2006
Colony is an ongoing, iterative social work and sculpture wherein soil acts as proxy for the artistic body. Guests are encouraged to take “seed” soil from the installation and colonize their land with microorganisms from mine. Pre-addressed and stamped postcards are provided to track the soil diaspora. Significant gestures & objects are appropriated and repurposed in effect “colonizing” art history, religious ritual and universal gifting customs.