friction ridge, 2020

Found charcoal on paper

Wall Installation


“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 made up 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 the rubbings result from a time-based process that cannot be repeated. "Friction Ridge" express a feeling for the fragility of California's forests, recently made clear through wildfires and climate change.