Tidal se(d)ntiment 16 reductive woodcut prints soaked in river water. Stencils depict moon cycle for the month of January 2018. Height of installation corresponds with water levels. Installed on oak racks w/ sediment from Lake Powell. 22 x 36 inches. 2018. The reductive woodcut technique is made through progressive cuttings, inkings, and printings to slowly produce a final image. By the time the final image accumulates the entire woodblock is reduced and can no longer be reprinted. The reductive woodcut process is a metaphor for the river’s reductive and additive sedimentation properties. For Tidal se(d)ntiment I progressively embossed dirt, sand, and rocks onto the surface of the wood. The colors of the print depict the quality of water along the path of the Colorado River to the Upper Gulf. 1/10/2018 We are at our campsite now and the tide is quickly rising the 30 feet it will rise. We can see the water moving towards our campsite. (Steve even proposes we pitch our tents in the boats in case we are inundated with tides overnight). Our view is of Isla Montague and the San Matirs are in the the background. There is a bit of orange in the sky still. The stars are clear the moon weaning from half-full. Behind me is the expanse of mudflats, the Santa Clara Slough, which sequesters our carbon footprint.
Everyone keeps saying we are standing on the Grand Canyon. We paddled through creamy, red-brown water all day. When the Colorado River flowed freely it carved away the earth upstream and deposited it here at the river’s mouth. It roared on like a railroad of water, sediment, energy, and nutrients; a river medley serving as a lifeline for human and non-human life downstream.
The sky is diffused with light pollution from Mexicali, San Luis Río Colorado, El Golfo, Puerto Penasco, and San Felipe. The river is also diffused with polluted wastewater, agricultural runoff, and oil. We began the journey on a green river.