Subsequent Terrains + Island
Subsequent Terrains emerged from observations of the many-layered landscape and varied history of the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, where I was an artist-in-residence in 2014. The title refers to the geological sense of the term “subsequent,” which describes streams shaped by the relative hardness or softness of their underlying geology. The drawings were constructed on plywood surfaces, with the grain running horizontally. This surface was first blanked out by a layer of gesso, and subdivided into equal vertical strips. The blank surface was then removed by sanding selectively, allowing the grain to reemerge in places. Through a series of masks and sprays of ink, the drawings were developed as a weaving between these underlying and overlaid orders.