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friction ridge, 2020

Found charcoal on paper

Pigment print on cold press paper

13x19” each

 

“Friction Ridge” are drawings made by using the technique of rubbings, and by applying charcoal from burned tree fragments to thin tracing paper to take impressions off of found pieces of redwood trees. The title “Friction Ridges” is inspired by a scientific term used for fingerprint development on the skin composed of micro folds and valleys. Similarly, the friction from my fingers onto the paper creates ridge patterns including abstract forms, smudges, lines, circles and textures. Like a fingerprint the surface of each tree is unique, and rubbings even of the same tree cannot be replicated. The rubbings express a feeling for the fragility of California's forests, recently made clear through wildfires and climate change.