Winter Flood; cross section of elm, titanium white, gold leaf, colorado pink pipe clay, dioptase, gamboge, maya blue, violet hematite, yellow ochre, rose madder, gum arabic, honey, & clove oil. December, 2016. 87" x 36" x11" (at base).
Seeking collaboration with this incredible piece of wood (which was given to me by Urban Lumber, an organization in Springfield, Oregon which salvages trees that fall or are removed from public city locations), I found an image of the flood which was currently raging in the Willamette river, not far from my studio. I coaxed it out with subtle suggestions, highlighting marks that were for the most part already there.