Elizabeth Houston Gallery / 2017 / New York CIty
About these works
Blooms is a series of large-format watercolors with two alternating subjects: Nevada Test Site, where the US tested its nuclear weapons, and Lewisia rediviva (Bitterroot), an historic flower which grows in the deserts near my home town and at NTS.
These works visualize the apocalyptic sublime, the terrifying, awe-inspiring quality that contemporary, man-made cataclysms share with their historical, natural equivalents. A desert nuclear wasteland and a fragile flower blossom may seem diametrically opposed, but they share a deeper quality: both are meant to be observed. My paintings meditate on the aesthetic and very personal relationship of technology, ecology, history and conflict in the American west.
Artist talk in conversation with Paddy Johnson, director, curator and founder of ArtFCity 1/28/2017 (Video coming soon)