a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
In my approach, landscape exists as a location of damage and regeneration, which correlates to the way that the body is a site for trauma that seeks healing. The human form appears as a fragment, and bears a relationship to the landscape. Depictions of the landscape can serve to confront the inner life with intimations of the lost wild. The body is akin to a landscape made of shadows and light, made of slow and fast changes, made of organisms and systems of which we are a part, and from which we are sometimes alien.
Abstraction occurs when an image is simplified, its resemblance to nature curtailed, in service of the fragmented or gestural. I like to imagine that our senses and our bodies are continually engaged in correspondence between our former, primal selves, and the identities we have constructed for protection.