Measure of Worth

From the measure of worth series,
Untitled # 1 (concerning land politics and cultural paradigms).
Acrylic and Gauche on Canvas.
2010


Gliph and Heartbeat
Acrylic , oil and drywall component on wood
2010



Measure of Worth

Pictured above is paintings and experiments from the "Measure of Worth" series. They are of abstracted landscapes where I explored quantitative sample collection, taxonomy and lay labeling systems: methods that are used to gauge value and categorize things that seem illogical to measure. These works came from my experience working as a field assistant in fisheries biology, archeology and soil studies where I collected samples and counted animal and anthropological stocks within Tahltan territory on sites considered for tailings ponds and/or mine sites. This gave me insight on the abstract politics and multiple perspectives that are present within this landscape and the kinds of ways man “measures” the earth as a form of irrational control. Within this context I made work inspired by systems of value and how meaning is created, presumed, assumed and determined based on science -- particularly biology, archeology, cultural anthropology and ethnography.


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