Shale Skirt III, 2019. Graphite, collage, and pigment on paper, framed. 12.5x9.5”
This series was created during an artist residency at Gallery Untitled in Helper, Utah. Gratitude to David Dornan and Marilou Kundmueller for the opportunity.
Echoes of the ancient interior seaway and the soundscape of carbon extraction shape a perception of Helper: Skirts of colluvium hide the ghosts of long-extinct marine ecologies in the crumbling gray wash of Mancos shale. The hollow whistle of a train exhales a breath of coal through canyon walls. In this vastness, emblems of resilience can be found in the discovery of a small cocoon clinging to an indentation in a rock face, and the fragility of a moth held in a palm, awaiting the possibility of rain.