The natural world is in a constant flux. Some changes for the good and some not so good. Humans have historically felt that nature could be controlled what actually happens is that nature will order itself and change happens.
In an odd juxtaposition, consider the plasticity of nature, its relationship with nature and manufactured materials. Plastic is capable of being: shaped, worked, changing easily, flexible, resilient and supple. Can’t we say the same about nature? Perhaps we underestimate the plasticity of nature.
I work with elements found in my environment, and derive color from the natural process of oxidation of iron and copper. Movement, change, light growth and decay are the lifeblood of nature, these energies I try to tap through my work. By touching, gathering and preparing these materials a new bond to place is made. I wanted to do something that would make people look at their natural surroundings differently, to think about their relationship to the earth, and the earth’s resources with greater awareness.
Looking through the layers of the stream we see not only the bottom and its texture through the water. On the surface the sky is reflected. Nature is never simple nor can it be parsed out, it is complicated.
Threatening to contaminate our groundwater in the gathering, cleaning and application processes, sand being mined right now in Western Wisconsin to used to release natural gas from earth’s subsurface. Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a primary threat to drinking water. Our landscape and our water is compromised by our need for greed.