My Name is Writ on Water
Site specific installation at Santa Fe Art Institute, 2008
During a two month residency, I decided to use the New Mexico sun to make images. I used the patterns that form my burn drawings as positive transparencies for cyanotypes- an alternative photographic process that results in a beautiful indigo blue, which can be controlled by exposure as well as density of emulsion.
I cut the cyanotypes into 1" squares and used them to create a wall piece that suggests ancient mosaics as much as pixels. The title comes from Keats' epitaph: "Here lies one whose name was writ in water." The tree was an artifact of another artist's work, which I burned in a nod to my usual method of markmaking, but which also highlights the natural forms that my patterning originates from.