© 2015

Sand Box


sorted sand on birch boxes
33” x 102”
(63 boxes 5” x 5” x 1.5”, 4 boxes 12” x 12” x 1.5”)

“Sand box” is a term used by designers and engineers for workshopping an idea. In this piece, the tropes of visual culture are “sand boxed” using detritus culled from the sand on a small northern California beach. Sol Lewitt, Jay DeFeo, Tara Donavan, plaids, spirals, and Stonehenge are part of the parlance in this visual reflection.

The remote cove where these materials were found is a rough and stoney beach, not the fine sand stretches found farther south. At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much other than rocky sand and seaweed. In many respects, this work was about learning to see.