NEW work is brewing! These photographs of the longleaf pine are from my hike in Francis Marion National Forest. I plan on creating an image transfer print of each photo and then layering other images alongside it. The work will have no found objects in it as I develop this new body of work to apply for artist-in-residence opportunities next year within our National Parks systems. Dreaming BIG!
I took the morning to move my art around the studio and what I found was that the future work I am envisioning is in direct conversation with the work I did last year. I observed three ongoing themes: birds, nests, and the forest but all center around how my art practice connects me to the land. It’s nice to see this in a fresh way!
Messy studio shot of how I am incorporating the sweetgum seeds into one of my nest sculptures.
This is my favorite sapling from the Francis Marion National Forest. Jazz hands!
A few sketches in my nature journal of the longleaf pine saplings on the forest floor at Francis Marion National Forest. These saplings can take 5-12 years setting roots before it goes vertical. It has the potential to live 500 years!
Set off on a trail in Francis Marion National Forest today with my friend who is a scientist. Great to get a different eye on the subject I am inspired by.
I am studying the forest floor at James Island County Park today. This is the beginning of a year-long study in this natural space in the suburbs.
P.S. this is the space that would be eliminated with the 526 road extension project.
This spanish moss is intricately woven as the base of this nest. The pine needles and leaves sit on top. I am designing these sculptures so the front can be seen as easily as the back.Look at the back of this nest!
The nest is going in! It is holding together really well. A few more branches will be added to secure it and then I will design the top of this piece. I may add the little feathers you see on the left.
This lovely nest will be carefully placed in one of my hand-built houses. I will weave in thin branches to balance and secure it within. This nest has pine needles, leaves, thorny vines to hold it together, and spanish moss on the back.