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. Experimenting with nature’s ways of recording time – including the geologic principles of younger-over-older and younger-cuts-older – I alternate and partially superimpose painted and penciled marks, or cut across wet paint with wood blocks, to fix a visible record of time’s passage into the artwork. These temporal records encode information about the work's evolution, for example event sequencing, motion history, and the ordering of text in time.
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