During a winter cold spell in 2015, I was preoccupied with the sub-zero temperatures that had frozen our water pipes over the holidays and dominated my waking hours. I moved my studio to a room with heat, and I spent a long night in our pump house, tending a fire so that the pipes wouldn’t freeze, and my wife could take a shower in the morning before work. The experience inspired me to try my own version of an Arreguín dreamscape.
Scrounging through my sketch book, I saw a line drawing that got me thinking about lines as boundaries in nature and how maps are artificial.
A mountain near Trout Lake, Washington, is named “Sleeping Beauty.” We give landforms such names to afford them human features; features that are a construct of our perception. Similarly, creating three dimensions on a flat surface is a construct of Western aesthetics called perspective drawing. This illusion of three-dimensional space on a flat surface has always fascinated me, so I wanted to create a work that would allow the viewer to “argue with the space”—three dimensions are formed by rigid diamonds, while the contour of a woman’s body is transformed into a mountain range, which creates an alternate three-dimensional landscape.
September 10th, 2016
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