Bridge Piece-Diptych

woodcut, Mexico/China/Canada
Dimensions: Overall dimensions: 40”X 132”(image size- 34”X60” X 2)
Recent Work
Photo Credit: E. Rausenberg

Bridge Piece is a diptych woodcut that represents both the symbolic and the tangible bridge that connects us. Employing a conjunction of ecological and cultural symbols to illustrate connectivity between Mexico, China and Canada, I want to emphasis our environmental interdependence on the Pacific Rim countries.  Each country shares the commonality of the Pacific Ocean. Positioning natural elements, inserted like stamps into a larger format of a spanning steel bridge structure, these images project these contrasting elements.

Juxtaposed in an adjacent panel and within the same bridge matrix, are icons and symbols signifying unity. Whether asserted by political actions, such as support of climate change awareness, or through an understood commonality between individuals, the three participating countries of Mexico, China and Canada have a shared reliance on the Pacific Ocean. This urgency has been highlighted by the impact of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, as well as of the 2011 Tsunami in Fukoshima, Japan; we are constantly reminded of our mutual vulnerabilities, underlined by the immutable connections that we all share.