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|e A R T h:
the importance of environmental art
Herndon Gallery Antioch College
Yellow Springs, Ohio
Coming from the dark cedar forest of Canada’s west coast, I am struck by the variety and brightness of the deciduous woods. Walking, my heart goes up and out and into the trees.
They are profuse, garlanded, full of bird’s nests and fat buds, hung with thousands upon thousands of seedpods. Even the names of the trees sound marvelously rich to me –
Sweet Gum, Hickory, Sycamore, Sugar Maple. Everywhere I went I saw signs of the fertility
of this land – grape vines rampaging around, weeds growing tall in every untended corner.
My work here – the curtain of leaves and pods and the two tall shocks of grasses,
is a reflection of what this visit has offered me – a vision of abundance.