7 ft., 10 ft. and 12 ft. long, steel, refractory cement, species
pine boughs and needles.
Metafossil.., has three principal elements in which the structure of each unit was developed by the layering of a single species of needle-laden pine branches in wet refractory cement over a steel armature to make a "proto-fossil" of each variety in the form of a descending ship. The pine needles were collected from their contemporary native habitat in the mountains of coastal and central California. The form of the descending ship refers to the process of geologic deposition of sedimentary/natural material and the transience of indigenous bio-cultures across the landscape as a result of climactic change.
video, Metafossil (Metabolism and Mortality), 1995, documenting
the pine bough collection and native sites, and this exhibition
at GPA, as well as, Species-Facies
Study (sic), 1992, a text study and poetic extrapolation/meditation
of the species, sites, processes and histories suggested by Metafossil..,
are collaborative elements often shown in consort with the
*The title was shortened from Metafossil (Metabolism and Mortality) Pinus: ponderosa, radiata, balforiana, in about 1996.