Work > Solastalgia

still WANDERING
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
24"x48"
2022
the TERRAIN of the familiar and UNKNOWN
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
30"x40"
2022
the Mystery
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
30"x40"
2022
Time was
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
6"x6"
2022
a quiet place
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
6"x6"
2022
WONDROUS SPACE
ink and watercolor on Hanji paper on panel
12"x24"
2022
this entangled Whole
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
30"x40"
2022
a viciously FRAGILE environment
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
30"x40"
2022
this ENTANGLEMENT
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
24"x48"
2022
the vastness of night
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
6"x6"
2022
the Place
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
14"x14"
2022
the beginning time
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
6"x6"
2022
the enormity
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
11"x14"
2022
that beautiful place
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
5"x7"
2022
nameless silence
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
14"x14"
2022
it just is
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
6"x6"
2022
forgetting
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
6"x6"
2022
Each day
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
6"x6"
2022
AREA
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
6"x6"
2022
vast sea
watercolor and ink on Hanji paper on panel
5"x5"
2022

Solastalgia means grief or distress for the vanishing wilderness and for environmental destruction. Human activity has become as powerful as a geological force, and it feels like we are wandering without a map to tell us what to do about the environmental changes happening around us. For the past year and a half, I've been working on this series of map-paintings that I call “imaginary topographies of a vanishing wilderness.” Using traditional fine art materials such as watercolor, archival ink, stencils, stamps, and freehand writing I create map-paintings that contain ideas about physical places, but also spiritual, internal, and temporal spaces as well. The maps tell a story of vulnerability and connect the urgency of the climate crisis, to the humbling expanse of geologic time, and to the vastness of the cosmos.