The Weight of Cows - 2009-2011 - Inkjet prints - Variable sizes 40" x 50"- 35" x 120"
I cannot eat grasses. Cows can eat grasses. I can eat cows. The series the weight of cows examines western landscapes altered by grazing. The landscape of the arid west has been drastically altered by its utilization for grazing. Seen as little use for anything else, cows have ranged over almost the entire surface, consuming massive quantities of edible plants. At most, only a few cows per square mile can be grazed on these landscapes without their being permanently damaged.
The images in these works examine absence in these spaces. They image what has been consumed, first by the cattle, then by us. Many depict points at which the consumption has breached the surface and erosion has begun. All of them image, from almost under foot across a vast distance to the far horizon, a landscape shorn by the grazing of cattle. They image not just dirt and tracks and feces, but an absence wreaked by our prosthetic stomachs.