Fire Field: "This work is a part of a series based on 1996 agricultural photographs created over Terry County, my home county on the Caprock in Texas. I became aware while working with some drawings using the original 24" x 24" photographs of the geological history of the landscape. The Caprock was submerged under a vast inland sea during the Cretician times. Today it is covered with cut-up divided farmlands and crisscrossed with roads. Not long ago it was a "Llano Estacado", a staked plain. In my mother's lifetime, it was swept with wind and subject to prairie fires. In the future, it may be ravaged with fire. The land itself may remain but be changed. So this series is my acknowledgment of the four elements of this world: Earth, Air, Water, and Fire and the apocalyptic vision of each. My understanding of time is that past, present, and future all exist at once in God's view. I'm trying to show all the variations I can think of. I am anticipating what is already. To do this on a smaller scale, I have scanned some aerial photos and created multiple plate etchings with photopolymer gravure plates that print the photographic images and added hand-etched copper plates that modify the my drawn overprinting of geological survey shapes and over that my stylized images of the wind, fire, water, and plants covering the land. Shown together they show historical, present and future time all at once."
Veronica's Veil: "(‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Matthew 25:40) - As a printmaker, I etch images into plates with the anticipation that the final image which is printed from the inked plate onto paper, will convey my concept. It is always a mistake for me to expect the image to be exactly like a sketch or a painting. I allow the process to intervene and the work is successful when the final image is something that is beyond what I could anticipate. What I do know is that the image will be in reverse from the copper plate which I refer to as my matrix. I can only know what might be printed from the matrix from some experience, but it is always like "seeing in a mirror dimly." Veronica's Veil was created with the tradition of Veronica in mind. She holds the Sixth Station of the Cross with her act of kindness to wipe away the sweat and blood from Jesus's face with her veil. Miraculously, his true image remained on her veil I see her act as an act of printing from the matrix of Jesus. We call impressions from our matrices, our "proofs". Veronica, whose name can mean "truth", created proof of the living truth. My Sixth Station, Veronica's Veil, includes phone book pages bearing the names, addresses, and phone numbers of hundreds of people. It is a reminder that Jesus died for all and that what we do to help even the least of all, we do to Jesus...not for him."
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