Something about being able to see the horizon stretching out, apparently without end; could be while driving across the flat part of Ohio or (as is the case here) gazing out across the ocean, things slow down and the static voice in my mind shuts up. Looking out and all around, I can feel connected to and engaged by this larger whole in a way that is peaceful but not passive.
Made from parts generated (circa 2005) and put aside as my process led elsewhere, this untitled piece now joins several others like it on my studio wall. All were included in my recent site specific installation Second Sight Canopy, among other things a riff on the idea and fact of a personal archive. The 4 arms or spokes feature a text made of song titles that name a place, each phrase begins with “in…” or “in the…” Here the phrase in the blue of evening is not quite completely visible. This transparent turquoise blue continues to be an important part of my vocabulary, evoking qualities of memory, distance, the sky/heaven, and water.
In 1997 I purchased a German book of blood and bone diseases from the book sale cart in the University of Cincinnati’s Health Science Library. A small square black and white drawing, titled Fig.572 Myelom, with a detailed polka-dot composition caught my eye and I started using it as an overall pattern in my drawings and works on paper, often with a palette of blues, sepia and raw sienna and often as a background layer as shown in this test image.