BA Studio Art Solo Thesis Show // Colorado College // March 2013
Artist Statement from exhibition:
Remnants is an exploration. A process that began nearly a year ago as my body instinctively latched on to the word and proceeded to search for evidence of “remnants,” the lingering, loitering discards of human existence, in the world around me.
What became immediately evident was my attraction to texture and pattern within these discards. The textures created as a result of natural processes acting on inorganic structures form endless narratives. As I expanded my exploration of the word, “remnants,” beyond my sketchbook, scavenging decomposing houses, the Waldo Canyon Fire burn site, junk shops and recycling centers, these narratives became increasingly intriguing. Suddenly the project became less about the end product and entirely about the process of exploration.
As a printmaker, I decided to investigate ways to transfer the textures and patterns in the found objects that I was so viscerally attracted to into my prints. The result was a monotype process that, like the forces acting on my three-dimensional discoveries, is highly uncontrolled and depends on factors such as moisture and pressure.
My intention with Remnants is to highlight the beauty I see in the unexpected corners of my surroundings by removing objects from their original location, emphasizing the importance of context. Additionally, by directly transferring texture and pattern from the discovered architectural sources and objects into my prints through mold making and rubbings, each piece acts as a fossil, capturing the beautiful current state of the objects’ continuous decomposition.