Crude Oil/ Carboniferous Forest Prints

Archival Duratrans prints
Dimensions: 38” x 38”

The series Crude Oil/Carboniferous Forest Prints features scanned images of the earliest images made of the carboniferous forest (the prehistoric plants that became coal) combined with photographs of crude oil.

Some of the pieces feature petroleum from Titusville, PA, the site of Drake Well, the first commercial oil well in the U.S. The other prints use petroleum from Saudi Arabia. To make the images, I use the oil and water techniques done in the early light shows at rock concerts in the 1960’s, and photograph the projection. The prints present viewers with a close look at petroleum, which is often discussed but rarely seen.

I have shown the prints suspended and backlit, as well as showing individual prints in light boxes hung on the wall.