Starting in 2016 I resumed making art after working two decades as a clinical psychologist.
At that time, I began exploring alternative forms of landscape art, mostly viewed from an aerial perspective. In the USGS Map Project (not included in this submission), I adapted pen-and-ink topographical maps of great geological monuments in Utah and Arizona formed over millennia. Presented in vertical panels, these maps read more as abstract forms – some recognizable, others defying description.
More recently I started exploring satellite imagery of residential neighborhoods, some already established and others still under construction. Also conceptualized as alternative landscapes, these prints provide unsentimental overhead views of America in the early 21st century. Once printed on paper, the images are folded into evenly distributed zig-zag ridges and mounted so that they appear to float on the wall.
Rather than representing homes in sentimental ways, these aerial photos provide an overview of how they are built in America today: “Under construction” shows homes accumulating around a partially completed shopping center.
Once reconfigured with Photoshop, these landscapes don't feel quite right. Note the unnatural symmetry in “under construction” with the left side recurring in a slightly altered mirror image on the right. The orderly streets outside the trailer parks in “embedded” contrast markedly with the chaotic, even shape-shifting streets inside.
The prints are folded into evenly distributed zig-zag ridges to invite viewing from multiple perspectives, thereby generating a dynamic visual effect. These aerial images also encourage contemplation of how urban communities are created and organized in America today.