"The Number You Have Reached . . ."
30 x 48
This project was inspired by a drive along Highway 37, a causeway spanning San Pablo Bay that links Marin, Sonoma, Solano and Napa counties in Northern California.
Because of the dramatic light and clouds that day, many structures that I'd never taken notice of before—a call box, a high voltage tower, a wind turbine, a traffic light—jumped out at me. Usually our brains register these sorts of things as scars on the landscape, but on this particular day, they revealed a kind of stark beauty.
In "The Number You Have Reached . . .", an ordinary if slightly askew call box stands in relief. The monochrome palette, overturned cone and ethereal sky lend a sense of tension: We're not sure whether something has happened, or is about to.
In contrast, The Hum of the Electric Current exudes a gentle warmth and optimism. The placid range of golden hills seems to radiate a subterranean current, as if the hillside grasses were nerve endings quietly transmitting their energy over the wires.