“Oregon Sunshine” is a mixed media installation inspired by wildflowers. The layers of history to create the 12 panels, spanning over 11 meters in length and 1.5 tall (36 x 5 ft), involved repurposing prior artwork. Beginning with my 91 x 122 cm (36 x 48 in) acrylic painting “Sunrise” on stretched canvas. I disrupted the surface by cutting slits and weaving painted strips of canvas into it; resulting in a pattern of graphic bars which form a language I’ve created to represent words and punctuation, similar to those in design layout compositions.
Next, I digitized the artwork for output on vinyl and changed the composition to fit the 11 x 1.5 m (36 x 5 ft) outdoor site-specific space (Watertown, MA; curated by Mosiesian Center for the Arts and Grow Gallery). After the 6-month exhibition, I cut out a damaged patch and created a series of 10 small mixed media works as part of the “Production - Process - Collaboration” installation at Tate Liverpool.
Moreover, the remaining weathered vinyl was divided into 12 panels (roughly 91 x 150 cm / 3 x 5 ft each). I gessoed and painted sections; sewed on crocheted string circles and plastic mesh produce bags; and wove in additional painted canvas graphic bars. Then I mounted each panel on 3 wood bars (which had had another life as the dividers of foam surfboard blanks used during the manufacturing process).
Similar to my other installations, I repurposed waste materials destined for dumpsites and landfills. By creating installations, I seek to engage viewers in innovative ways to challenge perspectives and perceptions.