Portfolio > Roadtrip Drawing and Photograph Combines

Western Torii for Oregon
pencil, ink, and photograph on archival paper
27" x 14"
2022
Oregon Shell Torii
pencil, ink, and photograph on archival paper
39" x 14"
2022
Western Torii for Closed California
pencil, ink, and photograph on archival paper
38" x 18.5"
2022
Light Across Oregon
pencil, ink, and photograph on archival paper
2022

I went on a 45,000 mile road trip, beginning in 2021. Major portions of the United States were still closed. Circling the country for eighteen months, I visited people I have lived and worked with. Their words are written into the margins of these drawing and photograph combines.

My original plan to photograph everyone I met changed when I realized two things:
Fewer people wanted to be photographed after spending time in isolation.
Writing what I heard people say instead of revealing their likeness allows more people to relate to what they read in my drawings.

Instead of portraits, landscapes framed with sections of the road are grounded under the light and color variations of the circle drawings. The roads and signs become Western Toriis, reminders to see closely as I drove through days of light.