2022, acrylic, recycled textiles, yarn, faux fur, mirrors, and mixed media collage on canvas, 115" x 140" x 2" (dimensions variable)
Floating Chronologies is a body of work in conversation with climate change where material uniqueness and metaphorical language take center stage in an abstract, radically empathetic approach to reimagining our relationship with trees.
Floating Chronologies investigates dendrochronology, the study of mapping tree-rings, and the socio-ecological costs of institutionally displayed samples of tree cross-sections as examples of patriarchy’s “Man’s Conquest of Nature” narrative. Scientists use the term “floating chronology” to describe a tree-ring history whose beginning and end dates are unknown. My project transforms this concept into metaphor for the limits of our human-centered experience and a call to action to reevaluate our relationships with the non-human world.
Currently, I am creating non-narrative alternative monuments as large-scale mixed media artworks to replace the museum tree. For example, in my work, “Time Traveler.” Viewers will not find labels like “American Discovered” pinned into spectacles of felled tree specimens. Instead, nature has its own perspective, and what might be a tree form transforms entirely into something mysterious, complex, and powerful in its own right. It becomes an energy field of swirling abstraction, a whirlpool of the eternal unconscious, suggestive of cosmic time and the shifting tectonic plates that form continents. Time becomes its own ecosystem, and we are collaborators, not controllers.
My goal to create empathy and awareness through visual art encounters also emerges in my drawing series, which intimately re-map famous museum tree cross-sections and replaces the written patriarchal timelines with questions that are political, personal, poetic, feminist, and eco-conscious in nature.
These research drawings re-map famous museum tree cross-sections and replace the written patriarchal timelines (i.e., “America Discovered”). My goal is to offer a new way of engaging with nature and time outside of the narrative of human dominance. Replacement topics include: questions that are political, personal, feminist, and eco-conscious; statements about time, growth, archeology, and myth; poetic questions.
This project was chosen as a finalist for the 2022 Frankenthaler Climate Art Award, an emerging art award that fosters climate awareness, presented by Asia Society and the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.