los padres national forest, ca2018
The Relic Series was inspired by the landscape in a region of the Los Padres National Forest called ‘the Indians’. The rock outcroppings here vary from Swiss cheese-like caves to smooth sloping boulders covered in sprawling radial lichen formations but what also got my attention is the numerous mortar holes all over the rocks from native tribes who ground acorns in them. I loved coming across these deep circles ground into the rock on my exploratory hikes. I’d typically find a group of 3 or 4 holes together in an area of the boulder and I imagined seeing women gathered on the rocks grinding their acorns. There’s something that connects the past to the present so directly when you can touch a space where someone else’s hands have worked. While working in the studio, these ideas kept stewing around and these are the results.