The Regional Arts & Culture Council helped to make this exhibition possible with an Individual Artist Project Grant.
Many native tribes marked trails, water sources and other important areas by tying down saplings so that they would grow into permanent markers.
I am interested in the physical manifestation and human impulse to make markers as vehicles for storytelling, wayfinding, memorializing, and location-siting. With this body of work, I am investigating both abstract and figurative representations of marker as directional sign; act of negation; a common signature for an illiterate; symbol for a kiss; a spot on a map.
I am compelled by how the senses are engaged in memory—how, for example, the touch of wool or the scent of cedar trigger the embodiment of a story.