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m Envelope/Envelop k BLACK RENAISSANCE NOIRE Envelope/Envelop, Detail 69 Created with graphite, milk and sometimes plaster, the Pathways drawings are about the movement of geological rock. Underground rock sections are naturally pushed around by the water, but pressure from extraction industries and mining shove the rocks violently, breaking them and leaving un-natural pathways. The paper used for the Pathways images was folded, as a first step in creating Golden Mean proportions, the mathematically defined measures of beauty in ancient Greece and Egypt. Then, I’ve torn the paper apart, reconnected formations or left sections unconnected. When I make these works, I feel critical of human behavior in the underground. I am making an image that expresses the beauty of a dirty procedure. The Pathways compositions are also intended to express hope for the cycles and changes that may lead us to adopt healthier ways to sustain Mother Earth. n