Project details

The Lost Colony Project is informed by my research into Elizabethan colonialism, and is also inspired by the watercolors of John White from the 1580’s, which feature native Algonquins and Secotans (living then in present-day North Carolina) performing rituals, planting crops, preparing food, and displaying their clothing; and also by formal portraits of Queen Elizabeth I and the explorers and voyagers (Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake, etc.) who formed her colonial advisorship. Since 2009, I have created an exploratory series of paintings and drawings that lift, excise, and appropriate found figures, objects and clothing forms from historical documents.