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Taconite Tower and the Night Sky & Related Gouaches

2010-2012

Taconite Tower and the Night Sky

Taconite Tower and the Night Sky, 2012

20-3/8 x 24-1/4 x 12, gouache and acrylic, wood, glass, plastic

Gouache

Untitled, 2010

Gouache

Gouache

Untitled, 2010

Gouache

Gouache

Untitled, 2010

Gouache

Gouache

Untitled, 2010

Gouache

Gouache

Untitled, 2010

Gouache

Gouache

Untitled, 2010

Gouache

Gouache

Untitled, 2010

Gouache

Gouache

Untitled, 2010

Gouache

Gouache

Untitled, 2010

Gouache

Description

Taconite is an iron-bearing sedimentary rock, a low-grade source of iron. Ground into a power and subjected to magnets, the concentrated iron is formed into pellets. Taconite Tower and related gouaches were inspired by processing plants and ore shipping complexes along the north shore of Lake Superior. I was drawn to the many little houses within the structures and the relationships suggested by their relative positions within. Another related group of gouaches was inspired by martin houses and seasonal docks along the Upper Mississippi.

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