Four Rocks integrates a community of moss and lichen onto four large-scale drawings of coupled figures drawn to resemble the basalt boulders of the Columbia River Gorge. These organisms obfuscate the divisions between the figures, embodying the inextricable role our relationships play in the formation of self. The four diptychs can be reconfigured into various combinations. Physically changing the work’s composition disrupts the figures’ realism, replicating the necessary discomfort of being known intimately by others. The work’s basis in a specific geography rendered from memory interrogates memory’s influence on our conception of self and our ability to connect with others.
Erikson, Ema E., "Four Rocks" (2020). Art and Art History Honors Projects. 12.
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