Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Orchard

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. 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














Monique (1985 poet): activist and Femaissance artist 
Community members of the Endless Orchard project
in New Orleans















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 Performance Art.