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Not Nothing, 2017, sunlight (with magnifying glass) on paper, 27" x 22"
Burn DrawingsWalter De Maria once said that the reason to make art is to be able to say five or ten things at once. The five or ten things in my work for the past thirty years center on time and place.Two and a half years ago, in an effort to find a way to more specifically address these ideas (and at the same time to simplify the work and have less of myself in it) I began a series of drawings using a magnifying glass and sunlight to burn holes in the work. My experience of making this work is one of using the sun to mark time and place simultaneously. I am connecting the drawing to the sun and recording the process at the same time. It also, of course, means I am dependent on the sun. In the northwest I am like a farmer or sailor. I watch the weather reports. I decided at the beginning that I would use Nepalese paper. When I was 22 I had the opportunity to live in Nepal for five years and I experimented with local materials. One of those was Nepalese lokta paper, which I have used in in several bodies of work. The paper is a reference: a way to connect my work to the place of Nepal.