PROCESS: selected examples of source materials
Hughen/Starkweather create abstract artworks based on data and research. Each project focuses on a specific location or topic and begins with extensive research including current and historic maps and photographs; scientific and numerical data; and interviews with local community members and specialists from a variety of backgrounds. Based on this gathered information, Hughen/Starkweather create abstract artworks that layer past, present, and future narratives to create complex new forms. By allowing the artworks to resonate with the collected data without presenting it in a didactic way, the artists do not attempt to offer concrete information, but hope to prompt questions and new perspectives.

Hughen/Starkweather interview Melinda Stone, environmental scientist. Interviews and oral histories are an important part of the research for a project. The interviews set the stage for the direction of each project or artwork.

 Interview with John Wick of the Marin Carbon Project for      Black Gold    .

Interview with John Wick of the Marin Carbon Project for Black Gold.

 Source material: photograph

Source material: photograph

 Hughen/Starkweather at the Recology Compost facility, Vacaville, CA

Hughen/Starkweather at the Recology Compost facility, Vacaville, CA

 Interview with Sky Road Webb, Miwok poet

Interview with Sky Road Webb, Miwok poet

 Interview with Burr Heneman, scientist and environmentalist

Interview with Burr Heneman, scientist and environmentalist

 Engineering site visit via boat to San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge while under construction.

Engineering site visit via boat to San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge while under construction.

 Hughen/Starkweather at Recology San Francisco, searching for discarded, single-use, plastic food packaging for their project about food waste,      Black Gold    .

Hughen/Starkweather at Recology San Francisco, searching for discarded, single-use, plastic food packaging for their project about food waste, Black Gold.

 Interview with Don Murch, farmer and fisherman, for    Where Water Meets Land.

Interview with Don Murch, farmer and fisherman, for Where Water Meets Land.

 Source material: photograph

Source material: photograph

 Source material: current and historic maps

Source material: current and historic maps

 Source material: historic maps

Source material: historic maps

 Discarded, single-use, plastic food packaging was traced onto paper for their project about food waste,      Black Gold    .

Discarded, single-use, plastic food packaging was traced onto paper for their project about food waste, Black Gold.

 Hughen/Starkweather source materials displayed for their exhibition at the Bolinas Museum for their exhibition    Where Water Meets Land.

Hughen/Starkweather source materials displayed for their exhibition at the Bolinas Museum for their exhibition Where Water Meets Land.

 Source material: graphs and diagrams

Source material: graphs and diagrams

 Source material: photograph

Source material: photograph

 Interview with Mark Mir, archivist

Interview with Mark Mir, archivist

 Source material: historic photographs

Source material: historic photographs