This photo sculpture translates the leaf vein pattern of a water-loving plant into the blues of an imaginary river system. The cyanotype blocks made from enlarged photograms of the leaf veins are painted with dirt collected at the leaf site. A horizontal table orientation results in a kind of walking perspective—a staging of space to include the viewer’s body that is an integral part of the work.
Pieces are movable and rise up and sink down differently for each exhibition. This malleability of form and dissolution into parts refers to the way that matter breaks down. The leaf that grew by taking in water will become soil and travel downstream to feed another. This history of material cycles is embodied in the dirt used here as paint.
Cyanotype prints, dirt, painted fiberboard, plywood, salvaged aluminum 70" x 44" x 40"