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.

Hyecho Lattice (Reedsburg, WI/Somerville, MA/Ann Arbor, MI), 2017 Broken wood lattice, found boards, painted wood, nails, screws, 36 x 41 inches

Hyecho Lattice (Reedsburg, WI/Somerville, MA/Ann Arbor, MI), 2017

Broken wood lattice, found boards, painted wood, nails, screws, 36 x 41 inches

Detail - Hyecho Lattice (Reedsburg, WI/Somerville, MA/Ann Arbor, MI), 2017 Broken wood lattice, found boards, painted wood, nails, screws, 36 x 41 inches

Detail - Hyecho Lattice (Reedsburg, WI/Somerville, MA/Ann Arbor, MI), 2017

Broken wood lattice, found boards, painted wood, nails, screws, 36 x 41 inches

Sundial for Shukke (Reedsburg, WI/ Marquette, NE/ Utica, NY), 2015 Wood collected from rural outbuildings, found pallet wood, cord wood, painted wood, nails and screws, 48 x 72 inches

Sundial for Shukke (Reedsburg, WI/ Marquette, NE/ Utica, NY), 2015

Wood collected from rural outbuildings, found pallet wood, cord wood, painted wood, nails and screws, 48 x 72 inches

Detail - Sundial for Shukke (Reedsburg, WI/ Marquette, NE/ Utica, NY), 2015 Wood collected from rural outbuildings, found pallet wood, cord wood, painted wood, nails and screws, 48 x 72 inches

Detail - Sundial for Shukke (Reedsburg, WI/ Marquette, NE/ Utica, NY), 2015

Wood collected from rural outbuildings, found pallet wood, cord wood, painted wood, nails and screws, 48 x 72 inches

 Sundial for Shukke (Reedsburg, WI/ Marquette, NE/ Utica, NY), 2015

Wood collected from rural outbuildings, found pallet wood, cord wood, painted wood, nails and screws, 48 x 72 inches

Detail - Sundial for Shukke (Reedsburg, WI/ Marquette, NE/ Utica, NY), 2015

Wood collected from rural outbuildings, found pallet wood, cord wood, painted wood, nails and screws, 48 x 72 inches

Three Broken Lattices (Reedsburg, WI/ New Orleans, LA/ Ann Arbor, MI), 2014 Collected wood lattice, wood collected from rural outbulidings, paint, nails, screws, 48 x 55 inches

Three Broken Lattices (Reedsburg, WI/ New Orleans, LA/ Ann Arbor, MI), 2014

Collected wood lattice, wood collected from rural outbulidings, paint, nails, screws, 48 x 55 inches

Detail - Three Broken Lattices (Reedsburg, WI/ New Orleans, LA, Ann Arbor, MI), 2014

Broken wood lattice collected from streets of New Orleans, wood collected from decaying rural outbuildings in Reedsburg WI, painted wood, nails, screws.

Detail - Three Broken Lattices (Reedsburg, WI/ New Orleans, LA, Ann Arbor, MI), 2014

Broken wood lattice collected from streets of New Orleans, wood collected from decaying rural outbuildings in Reedsburg WI, painted wood, nails, screws.

Untitled (Reedsburg, WI/ Marquette, NE), 2013 Wood collected from rural outbuildings, stick, painted wood,  nails, screws

Untitled (Reedsburg, WI/ Marquette, NE), 2013

Wood collected from rural outbuildings, stick, painted wood,  nails, screws

Plumule (Reedsburg, WI/ Marquette, NE/ Utica, NY), 2013

Wood collected from rural outbuildings, painted wood, nails, screws, 2013, 10' x 5.5'

Plumule (Reedsburg, WI/ Marquette, NE/ Utica, NY), 2013 Wood collected from rural outbuildings, painted wood, nails, screws, 2013, 10' x 5.5'

Plumule (Reedsburg, WI/ Marquette, NE/ Utica, NY), 2013

Wood collected from rural outbuildings, painted wood, nails, screws, 2013, 10' x 5.5'

Plumule (Reedsburg, WI/ Marquette, NE/ Utica, NY), 2013

Wood collected from rural outbuildings, painted wood, nails, screws, 2013, 10' x 5.5'

Plumule (Reedsburg, WI/ Marquette, NE/ Utica, NY), 2013

Wood collected from rural outbuildings, painted wood, nails, screws, 2013, 10' x 5.5'

Two Sticks, Two Stones (Reedsburg, WI/ New Orleans, LA), 2013 Sticks and asphalt collected from New Orleans streets, wood collected from rural outbuildings in Reedsburg, WI,painted wood, nails, screws, 37 x 32 inches

Two Sticks, Two Stones (Reedsburg, WI/ New Orleans, LA), 2013

Sticks and asphalt collected from New Orleans streets, wood collected from rural outbuildings in Reedsburg, WI,painted wood, nails, screws, 37 x 32 inches

Broken Lattice (Reedsburg, WI/ New Orleans, LA), 2013 Broken wood lattice collected from streetsof New Orleans, wood collected from decaying ruraloutbuildings in Reedsburg WI, painted wood, nails, screws, 30 x 28 inches

Broken Lattice (Reedsburg, WI/ New Orleans, LA), 2013

Broken wood lattice collected from streetsof New Orleans, wood collected from decaying ruraloutbuildings in Reedsburg WI, painted wood, nails, screws, 30 x 28 inches