In-formation (Movements Within and Between 2023),toner-resist, spit bite aquatint and photo polymer etching on black Arches cover
My work begins by searching for images and texts from the oceans of documents within and between cultures over the past 600+ years. The images are simultaneously technological time markers, material culture and records of humanities rich and complicated past. I search archives, antiquarian books stores, libraries, and more recently online to locate source materials. I use digital tools to reconstruct, combine and distort the fragments. They are often tied to our problematic colonial past, while also revealing the evolution of a shared fascination with natural, medical, or theoretical science. I then translocate the selected findings into new arrangements and reload them into a printing matrix (digital file, etching plate, or lithographic stone). Sometimes the play yields a form of alchemy or "mashup", either by chance or design. The reintroduction often activates new agency, and the images become part of a field of possibilities to be traversed by the viewer who brings their own unique perspective(s). The goal is to invite speculation, to problematize troubling histories and ultimately find a conversations within and between the formal aesthetic mix. The compression of the images into a printing matrix allows the broad range of subjects from the environment, to philosophy, politics and fundamental ethical questions to confront and to bind to each other.