This Corrosion series

In the ongoing series This Corrosion, I explore themes of impermanence and transformation, capturing on paper the interactions between iron, water, and time. Often associated with neglect, weakness and danger, rust and corrosion are celebrated here for their promise—the eventual disintegration of the whole that is necessary for change.

Stray bristles from mechanical street sweepers and leavings from construction sites—the cast-off and the useless—constitute the raw material from which this series is born. The stains, marks and textures are the result of electrochemical processes catalyzed by repeated application of salt solutions and household acids to the street detritus that rests upon, or is pressed between, sheets of printmaking paper. The images emerge over days and weeks, with gravity, humidity, and rate of evaporation defining the colors and textures. The hydrophilic quality of salt ensures that the works are never truly finished. Despite being treated with fixative, the salt and paper continue to absorb and 
release water from the air, resulting in a subtly and slowly changing surface.

Existing somewhere between drawings and prints (and in some cases, low-relief sculpture), each work seeks to reframe destructive moments as sources of unexpected beauty and possibility.

Four pieces from the series This Corrosion, in addition to the sculptural works Trilobita, Sounding I and Sounding II will be on view at Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition's fall member show, Current(s).

Weekends, 1-6 pm, opening September 26.

This Corrosion I. 2020.

Rust on paper, 18 x 24"

This Corrosion II. 2020.

Rust on paper, 18 x 24

This Corrosion III. 2020.

Rust and salts on paper, 24 x 18"

This Corrosion IV. 2020.

Rust and salts on paper, 18 x 24"

This Corrosion V. 2020.

Rust and salts on paper, 18 x 24"

This Corrosion VI. 2020.

Rust and salts on paper, 18 x 24"

This Corrosion VII. 2020.

Rust and salts on paper, 18 x 24"

This Corrosion VIII. 2020.

Rust and salts on paper, 18 x 24"

This Corrosion IX. 2020.

Rust and salts on paper, 24 x 18"

This Corrosion X. 2020.

Rust and salts on paper, 18 x 24"

This Corrosion XI. 2020.

Rust and salts on paper, 18 x 24"

This Corrosion XII. 2020.

Rust and salts on paper, 18 x 12"

This Corrosion XIII. 2020.

Rust and salts on paper, 18 x 12"