February 22, 2012
What we now consider to be the most western part of Washington State, is actually the remaining eastern edge of the world’s smallest tectonic plate. The Olympic Peninsula was once part of the ocean floor on the plate of Juan de Fuca until it crashed into the larger continental plate of North America, shifting landmasses and creating the Olympic Mountain Range.
Grappling to understand these vast geological shifts and the scale of their movement, Lauren Klenow spent a month exploring the Olympic Peninsula between Port Townsend and Neah Bay. Responding to these mountain peaks and waterways. Embedded is a collection of works created amidst time spent traipsing among Sitka spruces and westward excursions along coastal bluffs, mountain ridges, and beaches.
Creation of this work was made possible in part by Artist Trust Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) Program and Centrum Residency.