As mostly an experimental artist, meaning I observe, listen, feel the places I visit, live in, pass through and become inspired with a sense, an expression that becomes the art of that time and space. Sometimes the pieces are temporary like the current process I am working with.
Two years ago, right before covid shut things down, I took an artist residency in Bisbee Arizona at Object Ltd. As I have been coming to Bisbee to visit and live for months at a time over the last 12 years, I find myself visiting Cave Creek Canyon (east side of the Chiricahuas) alot. Two years ago, while walking through a cutbank of a creek that flows from the snowmelt on the top of the lava ash remnants of a supervolcano, now called Standing Up Rocks. In the creek are carbonates and silicates of both ocean and water sediments over millions of years and the volcanic tuft and ash left behind. The rocks are amazing in their colors and I find great joy in finding these rocks that I use for pigments.
This time, two years later I again have visited the creek and collected the rocks and made pigments. But how to use the pigments? As paint? in paint? as itself, sand? so I began to play. The photos and videos following are my process!