painting > the map is not the territory

grey-blue loops
oil, alkyd and cold wax on panel
14x11in
2016
cobalt-pink iron-orange loops
oil, alkyd and cold wax on panel
20x16in
2017
closeknitloops1
oil, alkyd and cold wax on panel
12x16in
2017
closeknitloops2
oil, alkyd and cold wax on panel
12x16in
2017
cell stack
oil, alkyd and cold wax on panel
20x16in
2017
umber loops
oil, alkyd and cold wax on panel
14x11in
2016
loops1
oil, alkyd and cold wax on panel
5x7in
2016
teal loop
oil, alkyd and cold wax on panel
14x11in
2016
baby moses
oil, alkyd and cold wax on panel
14x11in
2016

I am working on a series of paintings influenced by a collection of maps of the Mississippi River made by Harold Fisk for the Army Core of Engineers in the early 1940s. The Fisk maps illustrate the flow of the Mississippi and its tributaries through geologic time, and depict a river that looks more like a living being than anything resembling a mundane and reliable feature of the landscape. The amazing patterns of movement and flow described in the maps made me want to explore using paint to describe flows of energy and matter in a context outside our usual experience of space and time.