I spent the year creating art on the edge of an abandoned industrial cherry orchard. The landscape inspired paintings and mixed media work in a variety of sizes, including the series, Orchard. The painting above was chosen to be part of the exhibition Spark. Theshow was sponsored by the Northport Art Association and Freenjoy, the producer who received a 2017 Grammy award for Beyoncé's Formation video.
Orchard RE-Vision. I volunteered to be part of a social justice project called The Endless Orchard in New Orleans. This meant planting fruit trees throughout the city, accessible to everyone. It is a project designed to provide the urban neighborhoods with a shared resource and to create space for connection. "We believe that cities could be like communal gardens," write the creators of this Fallen Fruit alternative orchard based on ecology, food justice, and community. We also planted trees in the Lower Ninth Ward in the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland, an area that needs replanting because of the severe wetland loss. Fruit is a transcultural symbol of sharing, and the citywide orchard of 300 trees will be free for all to pick.
A series of paintings, drawings, & digital photographs, as well as one paper and touchscreen handscroll; a multimedia exhibition. I translated a movement through the orchard, a haunted and complex space that has a long tradition in artistic, political, agricultural, and mythological landscapes. A space of untold stories for thousands of years; now a place of rebirth and revision.
The unfurling tree in bloom offering the poetry and gift of fruit.
Lucy: enviromental and civil rights activist
who walked with me in the orchard
from winter into the spring
Naj: activist who walked with me at the
January 2017 Women's March in DC
Monique (1985 poet): activist and Femaissance artist
The handscroll, Orchard,was created in an old abandoned industrial cherry orchard. This is a topography etched with the remains of industrial farming and inequality from migrant labor, as well as potential for new modes of ecological engagement. It is an intersectional site where issues of equality, environmental justice, women's rights, nature, and culture collide.The materials include cherry juice and branch, copper electrical wire, grasses, carmine ink, oil paint, watercolor, block print ink, and graphite on 144" x 30" cold press paper. The touchscreen and paper Instagram version is 33 squares of digital photography, pieced together in time as it was created. Improvisational Art.