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HOME > CARRIZO-PARKFIELD DIARIES
Field notes in a subliminal world, the Diaries record active tectonic traces of a geologic diary within the shifting terrain of human remembrance and amnesia. Layering field notes and drawings with traces from geomorphologic maps, the artist displaces the subjective experience of traumatic memory inside a series of abstract remixes, combining precisely observed local detail within the omnipresence of seismic data. Observing appearance and disappearance of surface cracks and shifts in the aftermath of major disturbances in the field, the Diaries record a seismic landscape where visualization is never completely clear, and triggers both illuminate and occlude memory. Conceptually, the current data’s reach into the past changes the archive from a static resource to an uncanny future array: layers of fiction trigger from the disturbances, much like the way human memory reconfigures itself after shock.

The Diaries incorporate layers of field observation within a dream-like sequence of abstract images, where passages of linear structures and shadowed mass allude to ruins and debris in the wake of recent tremors. By means of architectural scale, at 50 to 120 inches, each print resembles a ‘vertical frozen cinema’ (Ryan Griffis) —film stills from an event-scene that has almost materialized, laced with traces from geomorphologic maps. The mapping samples open source visualizations of changing Parkfield surface and subsurface terrains in the aftermath of the M 6.0 tremor at Parkfield (September 2004) and a 6.5 earthquake centered in San Simeon, California in 2003. In the Diaries, layers of images, text and sound from the Carrizo Plains and Parkfield react to one another and in so doing build an infrastructure that resembles the slow rebuilding of memory after trauma. Echoing the appearance and disappearance of surface cracks and shifts in the aftermath of major disturbances in the field, the Diaries assay the neural topologies of nightmare and trauma, where visualization is never completely clear, and triggers both illuminate and occlude memory. Field notes in a subliminal world, the Diaries record active tectonic traces of a geologic diary within the shifting terrain of human remembrance and amnesia.

The Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries were first shown at Transport Gallery, an artist-run cooperative in downtown Los Angeles, in March-April 2005. In January 2006 they appeared as part of “Persona/Personae” at Sara Tecchia Roma New York, in Chelsea. The entire suite was shown in solo exhibition most recently at the Katzen Art Center, American University Museum, Washington, DC, in June-July 2007.

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