Earthworks Series

The Earthworks Series began while I was still living in San Francisco. In this series I’ve been exploring the intersection of urban and natural landscape. Metal is an industrial material - hard, rigid and inanimate. However when other elements are introduced to untreated metal - heat, water, or salt, for example - the essence and character of the metal shifts as it begins to take on its own natural and organic life.

The cuts and marks are also representative of this dichotomy. While the patina on the metal’s surface is a more subtle and chemical reaction, the visual rifts created by using an oxy-acetylene torch and other tools are suggestive of a structural disturbance, such as when the earth’s internal landscape shifts and tectonic plates collide.

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