supported by (to date): Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation, Antioch College, Glen Helen Ecology Institute | geology advisor: Peter Townsend
In Constellaria I work with fossil fragments collected in the OH-KY-IN tri-state region, concentrating on strata called the Cincinnati Arch. The series’ name refers to the Cincinnatian Ordovician, a 505-438 million-year-old fossil with a coral or treelike branching structure. As the name implies, the fossil's surface is covered with innumerable starlike marks, evoking connections between the celestial and terrestrial. I envision these fossils as the stars of the earth. With Constellaria, I explore the essential and the revelation and meditation on patterns in nature and time. I create works evocative of cosmic time and space, reminding us of our place in and connection to the web of life, geological history, and the cosmos.