Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas’ work maps a land that can’t be located. Work included in Thicker Than Forget explores the transitional points between realms: the boundary at the horizon where land and sea cusp, the peripheral edge of mono/binocular vision, the moment when, waking at night, imperceptible darkness becomes a spectrum. This work tests the possibilities of vision when perception is limited and centers the viewer in this realm, where the warp and haze are the focus. Working with printmaking, photography, and painting, her work also explores the transformation of blank space and materials into pattern and space, and the alchemical kiss of paper and plate as they are pushed through a press. As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, reorganizing our interpersonal relationships in favor of safety, Barhaugh-Bordas’ work wedges the viewer into the uninterrupted conversations between plants, land, and the vast and imperceptible networks growing around us.
Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas is an artist living and working in Ithaca, New York. Originally from Denver, Colorado, she received an MFA in Printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI) and a BA in liberal arts from Carleton College (Northfield, MN). Paloma’s work adapts and appropriates the vernacular of the many regions she’s called home and traces the self-conscious search for cultural roots as a first-generation American.