a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
I first fell in love with the prairie when studying art at UNI. Wandering the twisting paths of the restored prairie calmed my mind. As I drank in grasshopper droning, late summer’s scent of grass, the pollen, the leaves, and the many colors, I felt grounded and renewed. I felt the prairie sing to me in a way that allowed me to simply be.
As the divide between woman and prairie blurs, the roles separating them blur, each becoming wholly dependent on the other.
Through my paintings I seek to invite the viewer into the prairie. I hope art will raise awareness about the importance of prairie restoration and open a dialogue about the benefits of planting natives to both pollinators and people.
Autumn Rozario Hall is a painter, dreamer, mother, and creator of stories. She lives and works in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a recipient of two Community Art Grants from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and is currently working within the rewilding movement, blending art with environmental outreach in the form of gallery shows, native plant workshops, and writing. Her paintings have been shown in art galleries throughout the U.S. including Brooklyn, Portland, San Diego and Nashville. She is active in her local art community, shares her work in solo and group shows, and participates in art fairs and community art projects. Through her work, she seeks to share a sense of wonder and create art that inspires and uplifts. Her acrylic and mixed media paintings explore story and human connectivity to nature.