Cabin Heat, 2015.

Oil on gessoboard,

20 x 24 inches.

Image detail

About This Artwork: When I was a little kid, the Apollo 13 third mission intended to land on the Moon, but the landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded. Despite limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water, and the critical need to jury-rig the carbon dioxide removal system, the crew returned safely to Earth, splashing down near Japan into the ocean.

But what if it didn't happen that way and instead they crashed down into the Joshua Tree desert next to this tree, lost from all transmissions? Maybe they would have to communicate with the aliens, the sky, the jack rabbits, God, Oompah-loompahs, or light beams.