Notices and Wonders takes as a starting point The Landing of Columbus by John Vanderlyn, a painting commissioned by congress in 1836. In order to challenge the dominant historical narrative depicted in Vanderlyn’s painting, I tried to state only what I saw as opposed to the history I presumed. To begin I made observations of the painting free of inference and speculation. The list took the form of a poem when a friend asked “Why one sky?”
The collection of pulverized objects are stripped of their original form in an attempt to defy easy categorization and challenge the western tendency to privilege objects.
photos courtesy of Haigen Pearson