Summer Lake Waterlines | Summer, Summer Precipitation 2004-2014, oil paint and silverleaf on panel, 7" x 11", 2016 Collection of Grano Bakery and Market

Summer Lake Waterlines | Spring

Summer Lake Waterlines | Spring

Summer Lake Waterlines | Spring, Spring Precipitation 2004-2014 oil and silver leaf on panel 7" x 11" 2015 Collection of Shawn Demarest

Summer Lake Waterlines | Winter

Summer Lake Waterlines | Winter

Winter Precipitation 2004-2014 oil and silver leaf on panel 7" x 11" 2015 Collection of Liz Ahl

Summer Lake Waterlines | Fall

Summer Lake Waterlines | Fall

oil and silver leaf on panel 7" x 11" 2015 Collection of Judith Rodby

Summer Lake Waterlines

Summer Lake Waterlines

Oil and silver leaf on panel 2015 64"x10" Collection of Deirdre Donahue

Summer Lake Waterlines

Summer Lake Waterlines

Oil and silver leaf on panel 2015 64"x10" Collection of Deirdre Donahue

Summer Lake Waterlines

Summer Lake Waterlines

Oil and silver leaf on panel 2015 64"x10" Collection of Deirdre Donahue

Summer Lake Waterlines

Summer Lake Waterlines

Oil and silver leaf on panel 2015 64"x10" Collection of Deirdre Donahue

Summer Lake Study Plate 4 Fig 15.1

Summer Lake Study Plate 4 Fig 15.1

Silverpoint and playa clay on panel 7.5" x11" 2015

Summer Lake Study Plate 1 Fig. 1.15

Summer Lake Study Plate 1 Fig. 1.15

Silverpoint, salt, playa crust and graphite on wood panel 2015 Collection of William Roach

Summer Lake Study  Plate 2 Fig. 1.15

Summer Lake Study Plate 2 Fig. 1.15

Silverpoint, salt, playa crust and graphite on wood panel 2015 Collection of William Roach

Summer Lake Study  Plate 3 Fig. 1.15

Summer Lake Study Plate 3 Fig. 1.15

Silverpoint, salt, playa crust and graphite on wood panel 2015 Collection of William Roach

Desert Waterlines

Desert Waterlines

Silverleaf on panel 20"x20" Available for sale- contact for price

Desert Waterlines

Desert Waterlines

Silverleaf on panel 20"x 20" Available for sale- contact for price

Desert Waterlines

Desert Waterlines

Silverleaf on panel 20"x20" Available for sale- contact for price

Desert Waterlines

Desert Waterlines

Silverleaf on panel 20"x20" Available for sale- contact for price

Desert Waterlines

Desert Waterlines

Silverleaf on panel 20"x20" Available for sale- contact for price

Desert Waterlines

Desert Waterlines

Silverleaf on panel 20"x20" Available for sale- email for price

Desert Waterlines

Desert Waterlines

Silverleaf on panel 20"x20" Available for sale- contact for price

Desert Remnants

Desert Remnants

found objects at Summer Lake, OR 4"x7" and 4"x4" glass cloche 2015

Desert Remnants

Desert Remnants

found objects at Summer Lake, OR 4"x4" glass cloche 2015

Desert Remnants

Desert Remnants

found objects at Summer Lake, OR 4"x7" glass cloche 2015

Playa Precipitation

Playa Precipitation

Summer Lake Annual Precipitation 2004-14 string and insect pins wall installation 12' x 4' 2015 Each line refers to one year of accumulative precipitation

Playa Precipitation

Playa Precipitation

Summer Lake Annual Precipitation 2004-14 string and insect pins wall installation 12' x 4' 2015 Each line refers to one year of accumulative precipitation

Playa Precipitation

Playa Precipitation

Summer Lake Annual Precipitation 2004-14 string and insect pins wall installation 12' x 4' 2015 Each line refers to one year of accumulative precipitation

Playa Precipitation

Playa Precipitation

Summer Lake Annual Precipitation 2004-14 string and insect pins wall installation 12' x 4' 2015 Each line refers to one year of accumulative precipitation

The series of work made during my time at PLAYA Artist Residency involves the visualization of hydrology and its relationship to the high desert climate at Summer Lake. PLAYA is nestled up against a ridge looking out onto the vast Summer Lake, a seasonal dry lake. This part of Oregon has been in a severe drought, this artwork explores the value of water as a precious resource to those who live in the high desert. Summer Lake Waterlines is an abstracted landscape painting that combines a graph of accumulative local precipitation of the last 10 years and the reflective qualities of the temporary lake. The geometric shapes that make up the graph are all in the color palette visible at Summer Lake this past January. The surface of the water changed almost daily and the waterlines along the edge of the lake were temporary. I used silver leaf in this painting to function as the highly reflective surface of the lake and also for its value as a resource. The lake was ephemeral, similar to my memory, it is fragmented from the daily changes in weather, precipitation and colors. 

 

 In his book, The Great Basin, Donald Grayson states that while the hydrology of the the closed basin is very interesting, “it is the plants and things that live in, on and around them that form the immediacy of the Great Basin when you are in it.” This poignantly describes the experience I had exploring Summer Lake, as I was particularly drawn to the relationship between the micro and macro. My practice relied on collecting plants and small objects that found near the playa and pairing them with the larger birds eye view of the landscape informed by topography maps. While I was there I also used a variety of precipitation data from Summer Lake over the past 10 years which influenced my artwork. Being that this part of Oregon is in a severe drought, this work explores the value of water and what a precious resource it is. The lake is shallow and temporary in the winter and changes depending on the winds and evaporation. 

 

Images below were taken during my time at Playa of the landscape surrounding the Artist Residency in Summer Lake, OR.   www.playasummerlake.org

Summer Lake stormy day

Summer Lake stormy day

Playa crust cracking

Playa crust cracking

Documenting Precipitation

Documenting Precipitation

morning fog

morning fog

Frosty morning walk

Frosty morning walk

Winter Ridge and Playa Residency

Winter Ridge and Playa Residency

My cabin was the second from the left.

Looking towards the south of Summer Lake and Winter Ridge

Thistles and Winter Ridge

Thistles and Winter Ridge

Waterlines

Waterlines

frosty morning walk

frosty morning walk

waterlines

waterlines

frozen bubbles on the playa

frozen bubbles on the playa

Dusk on the edge of the playa

Dusk on the edge of the playa

Dusk on the edge of the playa

Dusk on the edge of the playa

Horizon lines and stone lines

Horizon lines and stone lines

frozen lake between playa commons and Summer Lake

frozen air bubbles in the lake

frozen air bubbles in the lake

desert plants

desert plants

Dusk

Dusk

Reflections in the lake

Reflections in the lake