Meet & Greet:
Saturday, August 6, 2022
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Living in this watershed in these watershed times where grief and gratitude merge I am all questions. What do the shapes of my brushstrokes disclose? How do I make myself worthy of revealing even a glimpse of what I feel so deeply - so personally about this watershed - its transcendent presence in my awareness - its long history? How do I make myself worthy of privilege wrested from the communities that originally belonged to this watershed? How do I make myself worthy of being part of a continuum of respect and honor? How do I find a place beyond all separation?
This body of work looks to explore this region through the lens of how our culture has historically approached the environment as a resource to harvest. From navigating these watersheds by rail it is apparent that we have made quick work for short sighted gains. Through this investigation I recognize that this approach and perhaps even our place here is temporal and also susceptible to the ever transitional forces of this great ecosystem. Measured and sculpted from an existing old growth Cedar stump, 'Notch' represents the first cut a Blanchard logger made to fell that once ancient giant. Following a specific length of the river 'The Skagit' aims to express the industrious rail-based harvesting of this great watershed. At the headwaters of the Suiattle river was a once proposed gigantic open face copper pit mine, fortunately halted by the successful activism of this greater community. 'Suiattle Ore' conveys a historic and ongoing resource based perspective of an otherwise pristine and wild watershed. In contrast, the railroad rail series portrays an inevitable transition towards a postindustrial reclamation by the awesome and inherent natural forces within this landscape: landslide, wind/wave, tectonic shift and the ever-resilient vegetation that folds it all under. Outdoors, 'Wood, Rock & Rain' celebrates the gesture of a nearby waterfall and a signature expression of this truly remarkable place.