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 collections continued wood was gathered from an expanding variety of sources-- firewood piles, old delivery pallets, store bought wood, and so on. In the studio the wood materials were fabricated into linear strips on a table saw and carefully joined together with other linear strips of painted wood. The color palette in the series is limited to the coloring found on interstate road signs.