In each of these drawings, stones are the carriers of a history of human activity that is informed by place and geological origin. My own history as a tapestry weaver in Louisville drew my attention to the stone and clay forms that weavers of Northern Europe, Iceland and the Faroe Isles used as weights to create tension in the warp threads. Use of warp-weighted looms has been dated as far back as the Neolithic period. The weights provide a classic example of the way local geological materials are used culturally, and are a way for me to associate human activity with geological processes.
Similarities of medium and methodology link the warp weight drawings to my Erosions and Entre dos Aguas drawings. Graphite lines, watercolor and a liberal dispersing of paint with the spray bottle are common elements. Though the drawings are not intended to illustrate the looms or the woven fabrics that were produced on them, I was moved by historical accounts of the archeological finds of loom weights, tools and fabric remnants, and these items often infuse the drawings in subtle ways.