Still in progress, I am currently at work on the "Omission Epic," an altered text from Wilson Price Hunt's Overland Diary of 1811. Working in a 1973 publication of the diary, I am omitting large sections of text to reveal a kind of poetry, present, but unintended by the original explorer.
Wilson Price Hunt was hired by John Jacob Astor, America's first multi-millionaire, to lead a large party overland along the Missouri and Snake Rivers in Lewis and Clark's footsteps in order to set up a fur emporium where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Astor's project was part of a larger collaborative effort with former president Thomas Jefferson to start a sister republic to the United States. It largely and tragically failed.
I first began using the term "omission" in a body of work from 2012-13 in which figures inspired by colonists and Native Americans in my paintings were partially "whited out." By using the "omission" I am borrowing a colonial "power" and using it against its own legacy.
The poetry revealed by what remains has guided the conceptual underpinnings of my 2016 body of work called "The River," and will accompany that work in a solo exhibition at the Brand Library Art Center, Los Angeles, in 2017.
See the "Natural Laws" above as an accompanying text to this one.