Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Daily Drawings

The work of tracking the Andrew Foss as it moves about the Puget Sound is made possible by satellites in the sky. Using a graphite pencil, I interpret the GPS data from the Andrew into a daily drawing on vellum, reflecting it's path through the water on a specific day. Each new day is stacked in front of the last day, allowing a glimpse into the routine and graceful movements of a working tugboat.

whose obsession?

125 photos
125 handkerchiefs

inheritance is most often an involuntary affair

Amy Lee Davis thought often about what she would leave her children. She made lists and speculations, but she never guessed at what she was really leaving. Opening her files and boxes and drawers after she was gone revealed a life of collection, a devotion to particular topics and finally perhaps an effort to not forget the things she loved.
She took hundreds of snapshots focusing on three themes: her family, flowers, and Mt. Rainier. I grew up with these photos and never thought anything about them. But as I unwrapped the envelopes, opened the scrapbooks, and found duplicates tucked in-between everything, I discovered her obsession.
Amy Lee worked in libraries. She couldn’t help cataloging. As her collection revealed itself, I was pulled in. I began making stacks and re-stacking. It was the photos of Mt. Rainier I couldn’t leave alone, perhaps because she talked about it so much before she died. Or perhaps it was because the mountain was her longest enduring topic. I started putting photos together that held the same silhouette, searching out where they were taken from. Was that an obsession? What had I really inherited?

Monday, October 25, 2010

first book covers

for the first change in the installation, i chose book covers with black as the dominant background color. i tried to create a hub that will allow me to add other color covers around the edges (e.g. red in the upper left corner) but we'll see how tightly i am able to adhere to this scheme.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

i said i wouldn't...

but i can't help but share one of the book covers. i'm in love with this one!

editing the images has so far been more of a pleasure than a chore, but i'm only 20 images in, which is roughly 10% of the total. plenty of distant galaxies still to travel to...