Nature embeds a record of time in all her creations, and visible evidence of my own advancing age accumulates with increasing speed. Seeking to learn from nature, I investigate methods to create a heightened experience of time's passage in drawing and painting. I alternate and partially superimpose paint and pencil marks, or cut across wet paint with wood blocks, experimenting with nature’s ways of recording time – including the geologic principles of younger-over-older and younger-cuts-older – to fix a visible record of time’s passage into the artwork.
I enjoy making works of art that offer their own visual biography, revealing how they came to be the way they are. The temporal information encoded in my drawings and paintings provides evidence of event sequencing and motion history, and enables me to order text in time rather than space. The minimum number of visible time intervals above support (VTI) is listed as a dimension for each work.
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