Drawing a Landscape, Yellow Shape Over Salt Lake 1, 2009, Archival inkjet print on matte paper, 16.5 " x 20" 41.91 x 50.8 cmDrawing a Landscape, Yellow Shape Over Salt Lake 2, 2009, Archival inkjet print on matte paper, 15 " x 20" 38.1 x 50.8 cmDrawing, Yellow Shape Over Spiral Jetty, 2009, Archival inkjet print on matte paper, 16.5 " x 20" 41.91 x 50.8 cmDrawing, Yellow Shape Eclipses the Sun Over Spiral Jetty, 2009, Archival inkjet print on matte paper, 15.69 " x 20" 39.82 x 50.8 cmDrawing a Landscape, Yellow Shape Over Salt Lake 3, 2009, Archival inkjet print on matte paper, 20" x 12" 50.8 x 30.48 cmDrawing a Landscape, Yellow Shape Over Salt Lake 5, 2009, Archival inkjet print on matte paper, 20" x 14.5" 50.8 x 36.83 cm

Yellow Shape Over Salt Lake

Yellow Shape Over Salt Lake includes a series of photographs depicting a yellow ellipsoid floating above The Great Salt Lake in northern Utah. Several photographs in this series include the ellipsoid eclipsing the sun above Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty. Working literally with Smithson’s Spiral Jetty contextualizes Yellow Shape Over Salt Lake within earthworks’ traditionally masculine history, though the photographs in this series reveal a relationship between the land and the artist that is counter to the traditional “leave your mark on the land” type gesture.

The use of the land in this project can be distilled down to a visit with the land, and the aim of the project is to create an embodied visual experience where “the real” and the ethereal join hands. “The real” refers to the determined, natural landscape of The Great Salt Lake, and the ethereal refers to a airy quality captured the light materiality of the flipping and floating ellipsoid.

An ellipsoid is a geometric surface shaped like an oval. In the case of this project it is hand painted and photographed as it flips, floats, and falls across the landscape and back to the earth. The process of tossing and photographing is like the act of drawing. The landscape and sky become the paper and the flipping and floating ellipsoid becomes the gesture and mark.