The Edge Effect at the Katonah Museum of Art
My painting, Deep Horizon is currently in the exhibition titled, The Edge Effect at the Katonah Museum of Art in Westchester, NY until 9/23. 

Photo credit: Margaret Fox

Photo credit: Margaret Fox

Photo credit: Margaret Fox


This summer I have been researching the current state of water- pirates, global trade, maritime history including the textile industry and its link to pollution (second biggest polluter only to petroleum) for a large scale painting that I am working on. I have been reading The Half has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E Baptist which outlines connection between the textile industry in the north and slavery in the south along with some heavy duty reading on Thomas Cole's series of paintings The Course of the Empire and revisiting Moby Dick.  I am more specifically thinking about the complex history of capitalism, natural resources and their movement and extraction. Stay tuned... 

In progress oil painting, 48 x 60 inches

Waves of Pink

I have taken on another project this summer- transforming a 5 acre field into a native meadow. Designing this field is a lot like starting one of my paintings. I am picking native plants that are aggressive enough to survive and proliferate but that won't completely take over and then I have to let it all play out- similar to how I juggle hierarchy in my paintings.  

Invasive species such Canadian Thistle (below) and others I am trying to eradicate, create uniformity and prevent biodiversity in native habitats. Pretty pink flowers such as Dame's Rocket which was the first wave of pink this summer began in flower gardens and now wreaks havoc on the native ecosystem. 

When you let land be, it tells a story. In my field the story is one of aggressive uniformity.  It is interesting to think about how this extends to culture- and our evolutionary bias toward order, grids and 'taming' nature; yet this is no longer an effective survival instinct, nor does it even work. The traditional manicured lawn is terrible for the ecosystem. Aestheticizing nature backfires. In my paintings, built environments are structured like organic ecosystems on the edge of emergence and collapse. In my meadow, biodiversity, if it succeeds will create many stories and boundaries not just one big pink blob.