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.

  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

  Untitled   (Reedsburg, WI/Somerville, MA/Ann Arbor, MI), 2017  Found boards, painted wood boards, metal clip,  nails, screws, 22 x 10  inches

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

Found boards, painted wood boards, metal clip,  nails, screws, 22 x 10  inches

  Rind and Lattice   (Reedsburg, WI/ Utica, NY/ Ann Arbor, MI), 2017  Collected wood, paint, nails, screws, 18 x 30 inches

Rind and Lattice  (Reedsburg, WI/ Utica, NY/ Ann Arbor, MI), 2017

Collected wood, paint, nails, screws, 18 x 30 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.

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