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the image from the NYTimes article
 
 

Forests in the Age of Fishes

burned drawing on handmade paper
20" x 20"
2011

I read an article in the New York Times about a fossil from the Devonian that showed evidence of evolving vascular structure in early trees. The article was accompanied by a very small, but very beautiful photograph of the fossil. This drawing is taken from that photograph.

The work was commissioned by the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco. The museum asked artists to reuse a tree in some way to create a work of art. I collected sawdust from Oakland's Crucible and used it to make paper. Then I drew the fossil using a wood burner as a drawing tool – a little tribute to the world's first trees in the Age of Fishes.