mortality sketches: "patches"
"patches" are drawings made on drywall scrap, an ongoing series started in 2012. The “patches” are drawings done in willfully short bursts, on drywall scavenged from home improvement projects. These consist of endangered species images, and spine and species diagrams; and are sketches that poke at the idea of “fixing” conditions that may be too large, complex, or terminal to actually be fixable.
Mortality sketches as an activity come from a part of me that struggles with not being able to elicit change to slow or stop damage--to the body, to wildlife habitats, to much of anything. They investigate loss, and aging, and having to say goodbye to loved ones as well as grappling with my own ephemeral reality. The endangered species images tie right back into my "crowning glories" works. The spines are sculptural drawings on drywall board, based upon medical diagrams of the human skeleton. These works are done at rapid pace, and one of their objectives is to attempt to capture the frustration and awkwardness of trying to live fully and gracefully within a relatively short life span.
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