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here is the Place
watercolor on paper
2020
here is the Place, detail
watercolor on paper
2020
what is ENDING and what is BEGINNING
watercolor on paper
36"x48"
2020
ACCELERATING
watercolor on paper
36"x42"
2019
this MAJESTIC canopy of AIR
watercolor and ink on paper
12"x24"
2019
the humility to listen
watercolor on paper
12"x22"
2020
UNCERTAINTY and the Unknowable Present
watercolor on paper
19"x27"
2020
BEYOND the BOUNDS of THOUGHT
ink and watercolor on paper
2020
BEYOND the BOUNDS of THOUGHT, detail
ink and watercolor on paper
2020
the subterranean architecture
watercolor on paper
2020
that mysterious buried network
watercolor on paper
2020
layers across Time
watercolor on paper
2020
reverberations of the Mystery
watercolor and ink on paper
2020
time according to water
watercolor on paper
2020
a trace of PRESENCE
watercolor on paper
2020
the known world
watercolor on paper
8x8
2020
Stories of earth and stone
watercolor on paper
2020

We live in a world that is mapped all the way from outer space right down to our front doors. I use watercolor, stencils, stamps and freehand writing to create maps that challenge the conventional notion of what it means to be here and subverts our sense of knowing exactly where we are.

Here can be a specific, known physical place, or, it can be an infinite conceptual space – a spiritual realm filled with time, light, and energy.

My maps create a bridge between spiritual places and physical locations, and the title of my show here is the Place plays on the fact that the Hebrew word for 'the Place,' ha-Makom, is also used as a name for God.

My maps tell the story of an ever changing environment, impermanence, and the immensity of time. They tell stories about the interconnected ecosystems of the world that don’t end where one country’s borders end and another’s begins: how both air and water (and therefore pollution), defy borders. The stories include deep time (before humans were on earth) and the eternal things that will remain once we’re gone.

There is real ecological grief for the environmental changes happening around us but my maps also tell stories of hope and repair and possibility while also exposing the urgency of the climate crisis and our ever changing environment.