How did we get here? Why are these structures left here? Atop mountains in Pennsylvania, farms emerge among field sof gravel from the fracking industry. And in Vermont, weather-beaten wooden structures lean wearily with age. They exist in both the past and the present, and raise questions about the future.
This isn't the first time I've seen some of these structures. Indeed, as I've traveled these roads before, I've witnessed nature slowly and gradually reclaim them. I return to them like old friends, searching for evidence of the past year, finding meaning in their resilience.
In a way I saw this series as documentation and meditation. I was here, now. Before the backdrop of a challenging collective experience, there was beauty to be found. This was a collaboration with nature, extended further by the use of encaustic, which is painting with pigmented, molten wax. With roots that can be traced to ancient Egypt, encaustic paintings have existed for centuries. As i reflect on these times I draw strength from the history of artists who came before, using this medium, and all the human story that connects our current experience to the past.
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