The Language Of Land
"Our task is to enter into a dream of Nature, and interpret its symbols." -E.L. Grant Watson, The Mystery of Physical Life
This body of work seeks out the rhythms of life, and more specifically, the language of land. Nature speaks to us in ways that is sometimes subtle and can therefore be overlooked. In the making of this work I am in search of a quiet but ancient meaning; a message, in which I can visually translate with the lens and image.
I am drawn to places and moments of spiritual, sacred, and personal significance, while thinking about issues concerning our natural environment. The world shown here is at odds with the world outside of the frame. If we can celebrate nature's overall animation, vitality, creative and destructive unity, we may reach a reflective or contemplative equilibrium. But if we can understand the consequences of our culture's degradation of land, all in the name of progress, we can imagine a devastating imbalance. It is my intention for the work to allude to these ideas in order to illustrate the power of symbology in its natural form, and to promote awareness of our cultural and biological connections we have to the landscape.