The dirty work of used motor oil art

Battlefields, extreme weather, used-motor-oil and dirt become key elements to examine our relationship to nature within the body of work Active Ingredients. Comprised of paintings, sculptures, photography and video, the work alternates between pure abstraction and iconic imagery presenting layered connections between violent conflict, climate change, and agriculture. The paintings and sculptures are made with the experimental, primary materials of used-motor-oil and dirt from found landscape waste or fabricated in the studio. This oeuvre aims to: reveal connections between subjects and materials; allow the viewer to complete the narrative using one’s own frame of reference; and, foster dialogue about the value of humanity’s link to nature.

"Artists are useful to society

because they are so sensitive.

They keel over like canaries in coal mines

filled with poison gas, long before more robust

types realize that any danger is there."

--- Kurt Vonnegut (1974)

“Strangely poetic, but with the quiet simplicity of a Zen koan.” 

Tracy Mobley-Martinez 

​The Gazette, Mar. ’09

Contemporary Art | Painting | Landscape Painting | Experimental