Littoral Daemon III, 2015
Since 2013, one of my primary mediums is mud from San Francisco Bay—in particular the mudflats around Richmond Bay. Walking the Bay Trail I was struck by the deep entanglement of the human generated trash and the plant, animal and mineral generated material. Official signage designates the area both as a ‘natural resource protection area’ with its rich ecosystem, and as a ‘hazardous materials area’ due to past industrial and chemical waste dumping, and mercury deposits from the gold mining era. In my works, the mud performs literally as a matrix of the area’s histories, and metaphorically as mythic prime material—its malleability latent with infinite futures.
The Littoral Daemon paintings are made with mud pigment on paper and loosely based on digital collages of photographs of shoreline debris.