Even when I travel all over the Western United States it is
easy to forget that I can find myself in a national park by taking a walk for
all of 45 minutes.Living closer to
Golden Gate Park, I often “forget” about the Presidio — our national park
right in San Francisco.
I have been meaning to check out Andy
Goldworthy’sSpire for, I
realized, nearly 10 years.It is one of
four installations he has created for the Presidio (details here).
We started at Wood Line and then
hiked up to Spire.By the time we got down the hill, the building
that house Tree Fall was closed, but
we saw the latest installation Earth Wall
in the courtyard of the Presidio Officers’ Club.I had, mistakenly, assumed the Presidio
Officers’ Club was essentially used as event space.Yes, it is an event space, but it also home
to a fantastic and free history museum.What a discovery!Before taking MUNI back home we had a peak at
the brand new and fabulous Visitor
Center.I do love big government when we spend money on our national parks.
There is a great
deal of expectation for artists to respond to the lunatic and his cronies that
have occupied our White House.As an
artist I feel compelled to respond and yet I am torn.I rather not let such negative energy into my
art space. I want to make pleasant art and let my head escape to the national
parks I love.It is remarkable that
something as innocuous as National Park-themed ATC’s could be perceived as something
political. But these are remarkable times when our federal lands, lands
protected for future generations, are under siege.Even the voices of park rangers are being
censored. Today’s outgoing mail art includes artist trading cards with the
“radical” notion that the land administered by the National Park Service is to
be loved and protected.
I am an artist living in San Francisco. I work primarily in mixed media, collage and landscape painting. My work has included maps, postcard-themed art and mail art projects. In 2013 I began a series called Collagescapes where I start painting paper with areas of color representing the palette of a specific place. Next I cut the paper into hundreds of small pieces, randomize the pieces and then reassemble them in various geometric patterns. Collagescapes are both landscape paintings and collages. They appear abstract but retain the color palette of the places they represent.
My new series is Time Travel Photos — handmade photo collages showing places in San Francisco where I have cut and sliced present-day photographs and interwoven photos of nature representing how the City looked before Europeans arrived. Each is an image of an urban space with the natural past emerging through. For example, creeks once again run through the Mission and dunes reappear in Golden Gate Park and tidal flats fill the Embarcadero.
My work has shown in over 40 venues, primarily in California but also in other locations in the United States and abroad. My artwork can be viewed at tofuart.com