Silt.

oil on panel.

Through the process of industrialization in Portland, a number of geologic artifacts have found their way into the Willamette River. Some are easier to see than others. Less visible are the heavy metals and pollutants that have been dumped into the river by human hands. If you walk beside the Willamette River in Portland paying careful attention to the riverbank, you notice that the river rocks are supplemented with human-altered materials: concrete, asphalt, brick, and glass slag. Chunks of concrete interlaced with rebar form the upper banks. These materials perform the functions of stone in the river, although most are less molecularly stable than their analog counterparts. In my sculptures and paintings, I confront how human-altered silicates and metals occupy non-human spaces. As longlived artifacts of human construction, how does their presence contribute to imaginations of the future? How do these materials change the life and structure of the river?

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