These collages were made in two locations, a lava field in remote western Iceland and at my studio in Lincoln, NE. These places are visibly different, but both share the kind of cultural norms that are formed by life in sparsely populated spaces with dramatically changing weather. My backpack and a series of busses limited the scale and permanence of my material production while in Iceland; this work was nomadic, wetted, torn, salted, and careful to respect Iceland's notoriously nature-protecting Huldufólk. As such, the elements of these collages went through significant physical changes that were often determined more by environmental circumstance than artistic choice. In this sense, my collages make a visual record of landscape, but also probe how environmental forces shape culture.

Landslag, 2015.  Gouache, acrylic, salt, and paper collage.  15 x 18"  (private collection)

Crevasse, 2015.  Gouache, acrylic, salt, and paper collage.  15 x 18" (private collection)
Romancing the Stone, 2015.  Gouache, acrylic, and paper collage.  15 x 18"  
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Imagining Langjokull, 2015.  Gouache, acrylic, salt, and paper collage.  15 x 18"  

Chasing Ice, 2015.  Gouache, acrylic, and paper collage.  15 x 18"  

Collages in space, Fljotstunga, Iceland, 2015.
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