The Center for Land Use Interpretation Residency. Wendover, Utah. Summer 2015.


The gradations in hue in the Great Salt Lake Desert are scarcely visible at the geologic scale. From a standing perspective, the arid valley near White Horse Pass 20 miles South of Wendover appears a wash of grey-green. It is reasonable to assume that this celadon mantle reflects a lack of biodiversity. Yet, walking through this desert reveals a pointillist composition of yellow grasses, chartreuse succulents, blue and emerald sagebrush, pale poppies and orange earth.



The tarp installations purposefully isolate one or two elements in the landscape. This act - a devolution from field to object - edits repeat specimens, revealing the variety and individuality of each sage, flower, or mineral occurrence. Isolated specimens become characters. Through the process of subtraction we see less, and subsequently more; by conferring greater value on each object in the field, the cumulative value of the field is enhanced.