When hiking in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, I was surprised to occasionally come across lone trees that had been violently set ablaze by lightning. I was caught off guard by the seeming randomness of the destruction and its isolation among acres of otherwise healthy trees. I began collecting branches from the trees, documenting their coordinates, and ultimately creating paintings that guess at how our lives mirror this randomness.
Although the sketchbook often feels like a private domain accessible only to the artist; a place for working out ideas that aren't quite ready for the canvas, I like to work in a more narrative way in my sketchbook as I explore relationships and ideas. Though these explorations rarely translate directly to the canvas, the sketchbook often becomes a narrative exercise where broader relationships are established. In this book, a strong narrative emerged and the book was scanned and reproduced, creating a more accessible view into process.
A THOUSAND HOURS
I've always been fascinated by both the collagist strategies involved in the creation of narrative as we often weave pieces together, appropriating things we may have heard or read. In this model, I wanted to create a different mode of looking at college by making a reel-to-reel collage poem with the kind of grand arc of ancient epic poems.
What began as an infatuation what is perhaps John Singer Sargent's most famous portrait, this series of drawings imagines Madame X as more much more than her socialite origin. Here she bears witness to brutalities and spurns her suitors, more goddess than mortal.
ON SHORES OF PITCH
“On Shores of Pitch,” is an installation examining the problematic history and mythology of the Pitch Lake in Trinidad, a natural fissure in the earth where tar seeps to the surface. Throughout history this natural resource has been exploited by invaders, from early explorers who used it to patch their ocean-weary ships to the colonial British who exploited the local populace to extract the tar in order to pave roads an ocean away.
Completed as part of the Wunderkammer
solo exhibition at Kolok Gallery.
WUNDERKAMMER: The Artwork of Joshua Field (2009)
Hand signed by the artist
Paperback, 80 pages, Full Color
Perfect-bound, 8" x 9.6"
Published by Hot Iron Press
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