Copyright © 2011 - 2015, Walker Thisted

Site: Sutter's Mill, Filoli, Silicon Valey (numbers 210 - 216).

Medium: oil on canvas and HD digital video.

Date: August 2013

Description: Works no. 210-216 investigate the relationship between “natural” and “man-made value” through three moments in California’s history that are exemplary of such a relationship – the discovery of gold by James Marshall and John Sutter in 1848 in the American River in Coloma, California, the growth of the shipping industry and transpacific trade during the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century – and the extraordinarily luxurious homes that resulted – and the growth of the computer industry in the later half of the 20th Century. Work no. 195 draws on naturally occurring elements in Coloma, California. Work no. 196 draws on artificial gardens created by the Bourn and Roth families at Filoli – located just south of Silicon Valley. Work no. 197 draws on a drive taken between San Francisco and San Diego. Work no. 198 is comprised of portraits of three figures who are significant to these sites – John Sutter, Ms. Lurline Roth, and Steve Jobs. Work no. 199 combines the three sites of investigation in a narrative slide show in order to create a new site from the ambiguous memory of these sites and the associated ideas.

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