Dimensions: 30”h x 30”w x ¼"d"
Silk crepe de chine, silk broadcloth, silk Indian Doupioni, silk dyes, water soluble resist, polyester batting, rayon/viscose and polyester thread.
Refined? is part of a triptych of artworks about land use near San Francisco Bay. The triptych is inspired by a talk by the poet Gary Snyder where he asked the audience bioregional questions such as 'do you know where your water comes from?' 'do you know where it goes when you're done with it?' 'do you know where your garbage goes?' and so on. Refined? is an aerial view of the Chevron Refinery in Richmond. The refinery extends over 2500 acres and processes 225,000 barrels of crude oil daily. Most of that oil comes from the Alaskan north slope. The location of this refinery, on the edge of San Francisco Bay, was chosen for the convenience and efficiency of delivering oil by tanker ship. The water quality of the bay has paid a high price for this convenience. Dioxin and PCB discharges from the refinery have polluted the waters around the refinery – eating any oysters or fish caught in this area is a serious health hazard. The refinery is the largest industrial polluter in the region and has been fined in the past for discharging untreated toxic wastewater into the bay. Having industrial processing like this right next to the bay highlights the vulnerability of the bay and the vigilance we must maintain in protecting it.
Buy: Available as matted prints
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Detail image of: Refined?
Techniques: silk painting and machine quilting
Press: this artwork appears in the following publications, click on an image below:
June 9-30, 2011 Reflections on Water, Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.
May 18 - June 20, 2010 Worlds, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA.
October 8 - November 22, 2009 Still Water, Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, GA.
June 20 - August 16, 2009 Seeing Green: Visions of a Changing Planet, Visions Museum, San Diego, CA.
Additional info: in the collection of the Kapor Center for Social Impact