Statement for Indigo Rising

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The starting point for my current work is collecting used, mass-produced fabric items, which I arrange into 3-dimensional structures. Looking to these “still lifes”, I create carefully considered works in oil or gouache. In doing so, I make numerous intuitive and analytic decisions, inverting the process of mechanical reproduction.  

For Indigo Rising, I’ve chosen to spend a year focusing on a single garment. A blue polyester shirt acts as source material for 12 gouaches, which together allude to the waxing and waning moon. When completed, they’ll represent the 29.5 days the moon takes to travel around the earth. Each gouache depicts a phase of the moon over the course of a month. However, the aesthetic parameters for the work as a whole are based on a set of calculations: the size of each painted still life is determined by the length of the night for each full moon over the course of a year, while the scale of the actual pattern on the shirt varies according to the distance the moon is from the earth. This project integrates discarded, manufactured clothing and the material realities of the natural world, inhabiting the space between human separation from nature and a yearning for connection.