Steel wire, steel rods, abaca and cotton paper, pigment, rust, sealant - 5'7" x 12'8" x 10' - 2018
This work visually references tidepools and the coastal landscape of my childhood in Northern California. The warm colors and rough dryness of the rust-stained paper, however, suggests the delicacy of the seemingly stable formation. The repeated empty bowl shapes seem to be waiting for or perhaps remembering their contents with anticipatory longing. The Portuguese word saudade describes this feeling as an intense melancholic longing for someone or something that’s been lost or that perhaps never existed in the first place. In either case, their presence has been so long imaged and desired that their continued absence or non-existence seems impossible.