a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
Inspired by the nearly extinct family slideshow storytelling tradition, my Strange Histories collages are a series of images made from donated collections of vintage 35 mm slide photographs. Using an analog process of trial and error, I pair complementary slide images to create imaginative double-exposures that transcend both time and experience. From the chaos of tens of thousands of forgotten moments, emerges a world of strange new stories informed by a confluence of memories, beliefs, feelings, truths, hopes, fears and humor.
The Great Divide
The Old Gods
Ian Trask is a scientist-turned-artist who received a degree in biology from Bowdoin College in 2005. Following graduation he worked as a genetics lab research technician, but eventually left the world of science to pursue a career in fine art. While transitioning away from lab work Trask got a job as a hospital groundskeeper cleaning up trash daily, an experience that proved to be formative in his artistic development. He saw potential in the refuse and quickly began using discarded manufactured goods as the main platform for his pieces. Through his work he reflects upon societal attitudes towards material things and the destructive impact those attitudes have on our communities and our environment.