Portfolio > Technological Landscapes

Black Magic
Collage and Paint on Paper
17 7/8"h x 20 7/8"w
2012
The Harvest of Particles
Collage and guache on paper
15"h x 21"w
2011
Shattered Landscape
Collage and paint on paper
29"h x 34"w
2015
Red Twins
Collage and guache on paper
15"h x 21"w
2011
Incidental Interference
Collage on paper
14 7/8"h x 20 3/4"w
2012
Eastern Medicine
Collage and paint on paper
16 7/8"h x 23 1/4" w
2012
It's All Made of Minerals
Collage and guache on paper
15"h x 20 3/4"w
2011
The Big Freeze
Collage and Paint on Paper
26"h x 38"w
2013


This series of collages takes my interest in the American frontier myth as a point of departure and explores landscape through a lens that is tinted by contemporary anxieties surrounding the increasing confluence and confrontation between nature and technology. In these works, I use satellite photographs of Earth created by the Landsat satellite program- an earth-imaging program jointly managed by NASA and the US Geological Survey, combined with fragments of painted paper, and images gleaned from the internet to create sometimes bizarre and often frightening images of the new frontier. With an eye toward historical representations of the American landscape, especially the works of frontier photographers of the USGS and painters of the Hudson River School, and the other eye toward the future technological landscape; these works imagine the eventual conclusion of an American frontier myth that is at once romantic and idealizing, and yet both insatiable and ultimately deceiving.