Glaciers, Geysers and Waterfalls (2010-present)

Hand-sanded postcards
Series of more than 100, sizes vary between 4” x 3” and 5” x 7”

Since 2010, I have been working on a series that explores our relationship to the natural environment and landscape: Glaciers, Geysers and Waterfalls. For this series, I seek out postcards with images of water in various forms—frozen in glaciers, spewing and vaporizing in geysers, and flowing and evaporating in waterfalls. My process is to “erase” (by slowly hand-sanding) the entire postcard surface except for the watery components, leaving the geysers and waterfalls in their elemental form, suspended in time and without context.

By isolating the watery forms in these postcards, these works draw attention to the ways we depict nature: as abstractions, shrunken down to hand-held objects, perfect moments captured and frozen. While this series calls into question the human impact upon the natural environment, it also retains a sense of purity and hope that these natural forms survive our presence. This work also seeks truths about the inner landscapes mirrored by our surroundings, and speaks to what is transitory or eternal in both ourselves and our world.

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