On the Surface of the Midwest
Field Collections in the Rural Midwest
The studies in this series emerged from collection trips largely made in the Midwestern United States from 2010 - 2017. The earliest collections of wood were made in rural Wisconsin from decaying outbuildings that once housed hay, tools, animals and grains. As my collections continued I gathered wood from an ever expanding variety of sources-- firewood piles, old delivery pallets, store bought wood-- anywhere I encountered wood materials in my everyday life. In the studio the collections of wood were fabricated into linear strips on a table saw and carefully joined together with other linear strips of painted wood. I limit the color palette in the series to the coloring found on interstate road signs.