A few weeks ago, Oscar sent me some basic information about three of the lakes where he did research. For each lake, I received a depth map, a few images of the algae in that lake, a short text on the lake’s relevance in the context of our conversations, and a bit of data.
My plan was to integrate these research components (the data, map, and algae photos) in order to create three drawings, one for each lake. What I ended up with, instead, are really just initial sketches. They are drawings made in an effort to think through/process/try to find a personal connection to the research—not cohesive integrations of that research.
Between receiving the source material and starting the drawings, I moved across the country and am now living in New Mexico’s desert. Beyond the usual disruption of moving, I found it challenging to work on this project in the desert. In the past, my drawings have been—while seemingly abstract—based on direct observations of a place or memories of a place. Without this direct observation of a similar landscape and having never been to this part of North America, I struggled to feel confident in my selection of colors and patterns as I worked. I feel somewhat ambivalent about how they turned out. Nevertheless, here they are.
Each drawing is 8.5”x11”, india ink on paper. I started with the depth map of the lake and then layered my responses to Oscar’s narrative accounts of that lake.