A picture of global calamity: a life-support system, interconnected,
weblike, erected on a sheet of ice, and that sheet of ice is cracking.
The web clings to the floes and moving sheets, stretching, losing
hold, while fragments shift, bob, and flip as the water rises.
This is a picture of the mind, too, its fluid pathways and calcified
deposits, its wornout clichés and prejudice, its continual slippage,
and the jostling, jangling influx of new information.
My current paintings present the image of a polar ice shelf as
interlocking grids, rigid structures undermined by melt and
movement. Figures of the picturesque—the remote landscape,
the broad vista, moments of luminous transparency—are broken
and abstracted: they refuse to reassure.
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May 19th, 2014