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Sept. 22: Columbia City

Thursday, September 1, 2011

From Seattle to Wrangell, Alaska pop. 2000

(Since June, I've had my pen on a commercial fishing boat in South East Alaska, not so urban, but definitely an extension of what the Northwest is and was)

Tinglit tribal leader, Chief Shakes V, lived just long enough to be relieved from the burden of rule first by the Imperial Russians, secondly the British Empire, and then died only ten years after American incorporation.  He is buried on the slope of a small hill, from which I sat and drew this old boathouse.  Given the latitude, tides are big enough alone to lift large boats up and under these open forms. I think you'd have to be a poet to sit on the boathouse side of the road and think on the grave, rather than the plain frames.  For me, the toil of provincial carpenters trump Chiefs, monuments.


  1. These images are lovely, Jared. I hope you join us again when you return to Seattle.

  2. You have an incredible attention to detail. Can you share some of that?

  3. thank you, I've found the drawings that i've done that i like the best have a few areas of detail, within a greater field of vision. A focus against flat, more suggestive lines and planes shares what is actually seen. At any given time, your eyes can only see a field of 10 degrees and within that focus only rest one point in space. By drawing focal points you can pick what is relevant, while adding an experiential depth. Your eye is constantly darting around what is seen and is never still, your complete vision is based on conceptual models that lend wholeness to perception. Thus, a drawing with multiple detailed areas implies the sketcher's duration. That's the difference between a photograph (or a sketch from a photograph) and a sketch, one is an assemblage with hierarchies that appeal to a cognitive process, the other more exact but less true.