DEEP TIME is a term used by geologists to indicate historical perspectives much older than those of human existence. I often use slowly moving water to sculpt a surface dusted with plaster and pigments to represent geologic processes like sedimentation, ice-melt, and erosion and to evoke 4.5 billion years of earth-history.
I explore humanity’s role in the environmental history of our planet through several series. The ‘Glaciers’ series depicts a helicopter view of melting glaciers and floating sea-ice. The ‘Fossils’ series represent artifacts that might appear in some future epoch. Both series are made of plaster, acrylic, pigments, and resin on ripped cardboard or canvas— straddling the line between sculpture and painting. ‘Remembering America’s Coastal Cities’ represents the maps that might be made in five hundred years, showing the higher sea levels of the future (as based on current, peer-reviewed science) superimposed on coastal cities of the 21st century. The ‘Plastic Marine Creatures’ series embodies sea-animals that have evolved to eat plastic fragments in the world’s oceans.
I invite the viewer to contemplate the beauty of the colors and marks found in nature, reflect on the transience of human history compared to the age of the Earth and deep time, and meditate on what is truly important in our lives.