This work is from The Carissa Mine project, based in research of and response to an historical gold mine located in South Pass City, a State Historic Site in south-central Wyoming. During multiple residencies in 2017, 2018 and 2019, I have been part of a 3-person artistic team that also includes photographer Susan Moldenhaer and dancer/choreographer Margaret Wilson. We have been given full access to the Carissa Gold Mine to engage with its history and create art from our experiences that capture the nuances of years of tactile use and abandonment, and bring fresh perspective to the rich history of the site, adding understanding, empathy and beauty.

Rhythm and resilience. These are words that come to mind when I consider the mining and milling processes undertaken by men and machines in the Carissa. I combine materials – reclaimed, found, new, and altered – to create these images which serve as metaphors for the amazing and overwhelming compilation of items that the miners collected, kept on hand and left behind, which ensured continuation of the steady heartbeat of the mine and mill. Like the miners, I twist and cut metal, organize materials, and utilize what is on hand and found, not to mimic, but to better understand the challenges they faced every day in this isolated location as they carved out an existence based in hope, perseverance and routine.

 

Filtered, 2018, muslin, burlap, wood, pumice, iron, gold leaf, acrylic, 30 x 20 inches

Juxtapositions, 2018, wood, tin, found objects, acrylic, 48 x 48 inches

Float, 2018, wood, iron, sand, pumice, acrylic, 30 x 30 inches

Coiled, 2018, cable, tubing, wire, tin, wood acrylic, 30 x 30 inches

Rattle and Roll, 2018, paper, tin, gravel & sand, burlap, acrylic, wood panel, 20 x 30 inches

Treasures, 2018, reclaimed wood, found objects, graphite,12 x 48 x 4 inches

Storied, 2018, wood, tin, newsprint, cardboard, canvas, insulation, found objects, graphite, acrylic, 48 x 48 inches

Remnants 1, 2018, wood, sand, gravel, found objects, acrylic, 10 x 10 inches

Remnants 2, 2018, wood, bulap, linen, found objects, acrylic, 10 x 10 inches copy 2

Remnants 3, 2018, wood, found objects, 10 x 10 inches

Remnants 4, 2018, wood, canvas, found objects, acrylic, 10 x 10 inches

Remnants 5, 2018, wood, burlap, found objects, sisal, acrylic, 10 x 10 inches

Instrumental, 2018, reclaimed wood, tin, canvas, rope, air dry clay, acrylic, 30 x 30 inches

Construct, 2018, reclaimed wood, found objects, graphite, 14 x 21 x 8 inches

Syncopation, 2018, wood, iron, burlap, insulation, acrylic, 20 x 30 inches

Carissa’s Song, 2018, wood, metal, linen, burlap, paper, wire, acrylic, 20 x 60 inches

Holdin’ It Together, 2018, metal, wood, burlap, acrylic, sand, found object, 10 x 20 inches