Copy of Shale Skirt III, detail

Cretaceous Grays/Trainsong, 2019

Shale Skirt III, 2019. Graphite, collage, and pigment on paper, framed. 12.5x9.5”

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.

Shale Skirt III, pigment detail

Shale Skirt III, pigment detail

Shale Skirt III, detail

Shale Skirt III, detail

Leaf Curl III, 2019. Graphite, collage, and pigment on paper, framed. 12.5x9.5”

Leaf Curl III, 2019. Graphite, collage, and pigment on paper, framed. 12.5x9.5”

Leaf Curl III, detail

Leaf Curl III, detail

Pink Moon Canyon II, 2019.  Graphite and pigment on paper, framed. 9.5x12.5”

Pink Moon Canyon II, 2019. Graphite and pigment on paper, framed. 9.5x12.5”

Pink Moon Canyon II, pigment detail

Pink Moon Canyon II, pigment detail

Pink Moon Canyon II, detail

Pink Moon Canyon II, detail

Cocoon III, 2019. Graphite and chalk pencil on paper, framed. 9.5x12.5”

Cocoon III, 2019. Graphite and chalk pencil on paper, framed. 9.5x12.5”

Cocoon III, detail

Cocoon III, detail

Pink Moon Canyon I, 2019. Graphite and pigment drawing on paper., framed. 6.5x8”

Pink Moon Canyon I, 2019. Graphite and pigment drawing on paper., framed. 6.5x8”

Pink Moon Canyon I, pigment detail

Pink Moon Canyon I, pigment detail

Detail from Dry Oceans I, 2019. Graphite, pigment, chalk pencil, and gouache on paper. 37x17”

Detail from Dry Oceans I, 2019. Graphite, pigment, chalk pencil, and gouache on paper. 37x17”

Detail from Dry Oceans II, 2019. Graphite, pigment, chalk pencil, and gouache on paper. 28x16.5”

Detail from Dry Oceans II, 2019. Graphite, pigment, chalk pencil, and gouache on paper. 28x16.5”

Veil, 2019. Graphite and pigment on paper, framed. 6.5x8”

Veil, 2019. Graphite and pigment on paper, framed. 6.5x8”

Veil, pigment detail

Veil, pigment detail

Veil, detail

Veil, detail

Leaf Curl I, 2019. Framed collage, absorbent ground, and pigment on board. 13x15.75”

Leaf Curl I, 2019. Framed collage, absorbent ground, and pigment on board. 13x15.75”

Leaf Curl I, detail

Leaf Curl I, detail

Leaf Curl I, detail

Leaf Curl I, detail

Shale Skirt I, 2019. Graphite, absorbent ground, and collage on board, framed. 8.75x10.75”

Shale Skirt I, 2019. Graphite, absorbent ground, and collage on board, framed. 8.75x10.75”

Shale Skirt I, detail

Shale Skirt I, detail

Pink Moon Canyon III, 2019. Pigment, absorbent ground, and graphite on board, framed. 8.75x10.75”

Pink Moon Canyon III, 2019. Pigment, absorbent ground, and graphite on board, framed. 8.75x10.75”

Pink Moon Canyon III, pigment detail

Pink Moon Canyon III, pigment detail

Cocoon II, 2019. Graphite, chalk pencil, and collage on paper, framed. 12.5x9.5”

Cocoon II, 2019. Graphite, chalk pencil, and collage on paper, framed. 12.5x9.5”

Cocoon II, detail

Cocoon II, detail

Shale Skirt II, 2019. Graphite and pigment on paper, framed. 9.5x12.5”

Shale Skirt II, 2019. Graphite and pigment on paper, framed. 9.5x12.5”

Shale Skirt II, pigment detail

Shale Skirt II, pigment detail

Shale Skirt II, detail

Shale Skirt II, detail

Cocoon I, 2019. Collage, absorbent ground, chalk pencil, and graphite on board, framed. 16.75x20.5”

Cocoon I, 2019. Collage, absorbent ground, chalk pencil, and graphite on board, framed. 16.75x20.5”

Cocoon I, detail

Cocoon I, detail

Leaf Curl II, 2019. Chalk pencil and collage on paper, framed. 6.5x8”

Leaf Curl II, 2019. Chalk pencil and collage on paper, framed. 6.5x8”

Leaf Curl II, detail

Leaf Curl II, detail