painting > Each step, a mantra

Fifteen gouache paintings are sited on documentation of traumatized places. Here, both seeing and painting perform in solidarity with survival.

This is a series of works initiated in 2015, when I was invited to contribute to the Walking Library for Women Walking in Glasgow, Scotland. This portable, hand-painted book was developed through a process of reading, walking and writing. I have collected images of critically altered landscapes from various media sources and reconstructed them through an incremental and layered printing and painting process.

Several documents of my walking performances are integral to this series. Objects painted within the photograph mark my body's passage through space. Two views of place - geographic and psychographic - merge to pay homage to the mythic and transformative potentials of walking in the landscape.

Reified Salt Bed Walk in Gold, New Mexico, USA
gouache on digital print
13"x19"
2017
Reified Homelessness, Chicago, IL, USA
gouache on digital print
13"x19"
2017
Reified Flood, Acapulco, Mexico
gouache on digital print
13"x19"
2017
Reified Cremation, Nepal, Kathmandu
gouache on digital print
13"x19"
2017
Reified Salt Bed Walk, New Mexico, USA
gouache on digital print
13"x19"
2017
Reified Hurricane Evacuees, Katrina, Texas, USA
gouache on digital print
13"x19"
2017
Reified Tsunami, Ofunato, Japan
gouache on digital print
13"x19"
2017
Reified Tent City, Haiti
gouache on digital print
13"x19"
2017
Reified Tent City, Ladder Ferns, Haiti
gouache on digital print
13"x19"
2017
Reified Earthquake, Mount Everest, Nepal
gouache on digital print
13"x19"
2017
Reified Refugee Crisis, Lesbos Greece 2016
gouache on digital print
13"x19"