COLOR WORLDS

2016

 

In 2016 I embarked on several road trips, or wanders, throughout the American West. I packed papers, paints, and pencils - not sure of how, or what, I would create - and took the natural world as my muse. The distillation of those journeys is my modern art poster series, Color Worlds

Color Worlds is a layering of three concepts: the Fibonacci sequence, colors collected from National Parks (Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Yellowstone, and Bryce Canyon), and my layout skills developed from my garden design practice. The Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers where a number is found by adding up the two numbers before it: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc. This pattern, found throughout nature, creates the dimensions and proportions for the poster's rectangular shapes. The color palette for each piece is derived from reference photographs I took to document which pencils I used for my Interpretive Landscape Drawings. These collections of colors capture the tones of the regions and express the inherent beauty of these unique landscapes. Years of experience and training are manifest through the arrangement of the colored blocks, which echo the principles of design and organizational strategies I use as a landscape and garden designer.

These wanders are not an isolated journey reserved to 2016. I mean to take more wanders, gather more colors, and create more Color Worlds. I see these pieces as little worlds in and of themselves, spaces the curious mind would find satisfying. Maybe some day this series will be realized into three dimensional installations that people can walk through and experience. This would be the ultimate expression of my journeys, and the best way I could share what I experienced in the deserts of America.


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Superbloom // Death Valley National Park
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Joshua Tree // Joshua Tree National Park
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Juniper Flats // Joshua Tree National Park
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Cactus and Plant // Joshua Tree National Park
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Prickly Pear Cactus // Joshua Tree National Park
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Creosote // Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
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Ocotillo // Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
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Saguaro Sunset // Saguaro National Park
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Echinus Geyser // Yellowstone National Park
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Monarch Geyser // Yellowstone National Park
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Mudpots // Yellowstone National Park
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Minute Geyser // Yellowstone National Park
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Porcelain Basin // Yellowstone National Park
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Peek-A-Boo Loop // Bryce Canyon National Park
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