Blueprint of a Mother
Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, NV
Latex paint and aerosol on concrete
32 x 75 ft
2015


A woman in profile, a carnation, sage brush, and Mount Whitney overlay one another in this mural for Whitney Peak Hotel. The woman (my wife and new mother) was used as a nurturing figure depicted in rich calming blueprint blue. She tends her flock of sheep patterned across her blouse that rises from Mount Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States and the Sierra Nevada. She is flanked by Nevada's state flower, the wild and ever present sage brush. An enlarged Carnation obscures her head but is aligned in a way to represent the entangled and beautiful workings of the brain. Although the Carnation has no direct tie to the area I chose it because it has long been cultivated by many and varying civilizations for decoration and ceremonial purposes; similar to the contemporary use of murals.