VINES

Some years ago I injured my right shoulder and couldn’t raise my arm to paint, or drive, or do much of anything. I’d walk on my country road day after day, always admiring the impressive vines growing on the trees. Despite knowing that they are parasites deadly to most of their supporters, I’d always found them beautiful and powerful, while simultaneously feeling allied with the trees, worrying over them. I started shooting details with my iPhone and looking at them on my computer, then printing them and looking at them in the studio. I felt strangled by not being able to paint or otherwise create. But I discovered that if I put the prints flat on a table, I could do things to them with my arm hanging down. 

There are over 150 pieces made during the two years it took my arm to heal. Some were digitally worked before printing; all have been drawn on, painted and altered with dyes, pigments, archival pencils, dimensional outlining* and so on. 

I decided to mount these paper pieces on salvaged wood planks, with the largest pieces leaning against the wall. I started using copper nails, and was told later that hammering copper nails into trees was a traditional method of killing trees by copper poisoning.

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Vine 50

63 x 21” ink, raised lines on panel on single wide plank

Vine 99

16 x 10.5” mixed media on paper

Vine 28

26.5 x 12.5” mixed 

media on panel

Vine 13

16 x 11” mixed media on panel

Vine 52

13 x 8.5” mixed media               on paper

Vine 10

10 x 6.5” mixed media               on paper

Vine 27

40 x 9.5” mixed media               on paper

Vine 1

57 x 17” Conte on paper

Vine 2

55 x 13” mixed media               on paper

Vine 33

19 x 13” cut out paper

Vine 29

19.5 x 11” mixed media on wood plank

Vine 43

12 x 8” mixed media               on paper

Vine 15

19.5 x 13” mixed media               with raised gold lines

An example of

raised outlines

— very tactile

Vine 4

17 x 10” mixed media               on wood slab

Vine 19

20 x 11” mixed media               on wood slab

Vine 86

18 x 8” mixed media               on paper on wood

Vine 73

9 x 6” mixed media               on paper

Vine 38

23 x 9” mixed media               on wood slab

Vine 152

10.5 x 7” ink on paper with raised gold lines

Vine 71

10.5 x 5.5” mixed media               on paper on 1/2” panel

Vine 56

16 x 10.5” ink on paper

Vine 93

9 x 6.5” ink on paper

Vine 14

25 x 16” mixed media               on paper

Vine 79

20 x 13.5” mixed media               on paper

Vine 62

24 x 16” mixed media               on paper

Vine 125

21 x 14” mixed media               on paper with raised lines

Vine 35

12 x 8” inks on paper

Vine 70

17x 10” mixed media               on paper

Vine 26

9 x 6” mixed media               on paper

Vine 75

10 x 7” mixed media               on paper with raised outlines

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