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STRAYING PLANETS
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RipRap--also known as rip-rap, shot rock, armor or rubble, is rock (granite, limestone or other rock) used to armor shorelines, stream beds ,bridge abutments, pilings and other shoreline structures against water, ice and erosion. These drawings are an abstracted exploration of the stones and the spaces between the stones. They are the discards..the found objects of granite and limestone. These are the imperfect stones, not the ones used to build the mighty structures that reflect Maine's history of quarrying. The rocks are piled helter-skelter along the shoreline. I responded to the shapes, the places between the rocks. I recalled the atmospheric conditions, the winds and the tides. These were done in my studio using water color, acrylics and water soluble oil sticks.

In researching riprap I found a poem by Gary Snyder. The titles are based on excerpts of the poem.
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PROTECTED SHORE
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Lay down these words
Before your mind like rocks.
placed solid, by hands
In choice of place, set
Before the body of the mind
in space and time:
solidity of bark, leaf or wall
riprap of things
Cobble of milky way,
straying planets,
These poems, people,
lost ponies with
Dragging saddles--
and rocky sure-footed trails,
The worlds like an endless
four-dimensional
Game of Go.
ants and pebble
In the thin loam ,each rock a word
a creek-washed stone
Granite : ingrained
with torment of fire and weight
Crystal and sediment linked hot
all change, in thoughts,
As well as things.

Gary Snyder
RIPRAP
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SEDIMENT LINK
2015
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WASHED STONES
2015
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FOURTH DIMENSION
2015
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SOLIDITY
2015
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FIRE AND WATER
2015
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SAFE SHORE
2016
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