Under the Perfect Sun
“You don’t notice things until they go wrong,” so the saying goes. Palm trees were of no interest to me as a subject matter for art until I saw a photo of one burning. It made a deep impression on me and I became obsessed with the subject matter overnight. I’m especially interested in the tall, Washingtonian fan palms that tower over the landscape. Their height lends them a remote, stoic quality that literally sets them apart.
Working within tightly framed vertical formats, I try to cast an objective and analytical eye on the palms as vexed symbols of Southern California's modern lifestyle characterized by its emphasis on technological innovation, social mobility, experimentation, mass entertainment and cultural novelty.
The title for this series is taken from Under the Perfect Sun, Mike Davis, Jim Miller and Kelly Mayhew’s alternative history of San Diego.