Meramec Caverns

In a continuating of my ongoing interest in landscape, draping techniques from garment making are applied to the painting process, producing physical elements that are then painted upon in oil. I’ve been working through ideas from this site in a series of oil paintings. I came to art through painting, but hadn’t used paint as a material for years until the Meramec Caverns project came about. The way the caverns were formed through sediment erosion via underground water systems or formation built up by sediment carried in water is a process very related to the physicality of painting. The pigment suspended in fluid relates to the caves’ additive and reductive evolution.