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Riverbank
Aluminum Print
2015
Distribution Center
Aluminum Print
30" x 27"
2015
Cris-Cross
Aluminum Print
2015
River Back
C-Print
32" x 29"
2015
Subdivide
Aluminum Print
2015
Dry Patterns
Aluminum Print
2015
Body Environment
Digital Type-C Print
34" x 34"
2014
Farm Tracts
Aluminum Print
2015
Body Environment 12
Digital Type-C Print
2015
Oasis
Aluminum Print
2015
Arched Dismantling Yard
C-Print
40" x 30"
2015
Water World
Digital Type-C Print
2015
Standing
C-Print
40" x 19"
2015
Off Ramp
C-Print
40" x 27"
2015
Sunset-Afternoon
C - Print
48" x 48"
2010
Imperial Rhythms
C - Print
48" x 48"
2013
Summer Freeway
C-Print
2010
River Swath
Aluminum Print
2015
Terraced Couplet
C-Print
2010
Roadway Couple
C-Print
2010
Serpentine
Aluminum Print
2015
El Dorado
C-Print
48" x 27"
2010
Dismantling Yard
C-Print
43" x 27"
2010
Artificial Lake
Aluminum Print
2015
Glancing
C - Print
35" x 35"
2009
Horizon Lines
Aluminum Print
2015
Grand Central
C - Print
48" x 48"
2009
Open Road
C - Print
2010
Rail Yard
C - Print
34 1/2" x 40"
2010
Standing Farm
Aluminum Print
2015
Her Country
C-Print
2010
Chameleon
C-Print
48" x 33"
2009
Switching Yard 2
C-Print
2015
Switching Yard
C-Print
40" x 27"
2015
Soft Networks
C-Print
2015
Savannah Patterns
C-Print
37" x 24"
2015
River Channel
C-Print
34" x 40"
2015
Furrowed Ground
Aluminum Print
2015


For ten years I have been working with an idea of
impressing the "made" environment-freeway networks,
river systems, urban grids, agricultural
landscapes--on the human body in my paintings. I
wanted the work to manifest the oneness of body and
environment suggested in Western science by the term
"organism field" and in Eastern philosophy by the
concept of "interbeing."

But, in the work I was creating the sense of oneness
remained incomplete and elusive. There was finally, I
felt, still a separation between the body and the
environment.

In an attempt to overcome this separation, I began
taking photographs of the made environment to use as
guides to paint from, by projecting several overlapping
images at once onto human anatomy or manikins. The first
images astonished me. I could see that the photographs
themselves could provide clarity and eliminate separation.

The work reveals that how we use the land is how we
use ourselves--that the transformation of environment
is the same thing as transformation of body. There is
no separation.