e dot tree dot — 84 x 60, oilstick on aluminum
The origins of this work came from seeing a birch forest, and it appearing as if the earth was pulsing out some kind of message — the blacks and whites of the trunks were like the dots and dashes of Morse code.
The morse-code lines (seen vertically) are phrases from an e. e. cummings poem that references nature (i.e. “when by now and tree by leaf”); the cursive lines at bottom are actually secretarial shorthand symbols, each representing a word from the poem (i.e “snow”), all fracturing a birch forest… (it runs parallel, like writing).
The work is done leaving some of the aluminum exposed, so that optically the work changes appearance with the light or position of the viewer.
84 x 60″, oilstick on aluminum
In different light
The first iteration, a study for a version to be done as petit point (an early version of pixelation)