This body of work began as a group of material experiments with paper and ink, linking ideas and processes of absorption and saturation. My initial studies –wild-edged silhouettes that seemed to extrude the paper's fibers – led to more extensive experimentation, more irruptive imagery, and a desire to arrange the permeated and dessicated surfaces in groupings on the wall.
These works have been presented in site-responsive wall installations. When assembled together, horizon, depth, and other visual-spatial cues emerge, but the illusion of a coherent landscape quickly gives way to a more abstract and fragmentary presentation. I have come to understand this methodology less as a gesture resulting in a representation, and more as a sequence of small-scale, recurrent enactments of physical and psychic phenomena. As if what happens within the paper happens everywhere, and always has.
photography: Dan Kvitka