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This past year I exhibited drawings,photographs, sculpture and video installations in two very successful artexhibits in France and San Francisco in addition to performing in theaters inthe US and Europe. In the processof developing and focusing on performance these past few years I have not hadthe time to produce as much visual art as I would like. Now I’d like to returnto making more solo visual art works.
I propose to make a series oflarge-scale digital photographs that will incorporate drawing, text andcollage. The content of this work will explore eco feminism, class andmemory. I intend to focus onimages of mountain top removal in Appalachia, where I grew up. This project is inspired by acombination of events from this past year that influenced me deeply. The first event was a lecture that thepublic intellectual Bell Hooks gave at UCSC. In this lecture she clearly articulated the connection offeminism, race, the environment and spirituality in a way that I had neverheard woven quite so eloquently together before. I was moved by the way that she talked about the horriblepractice of mountain top removal and its devastating effects, not only on thelandscape but upon the people who live in and are cradled by thatlandscape. The second thing thathappened was that I began working with Newton Harrison on a graduate schoolproposal that will utilize whole system methods of studying and approachingglobal problems. He and his partner Helen were early pioneers of environmental art and their work isextremely relevant to this era. Finally, the last time that I flew over West Virginia, I noticed thatthe wreckage of the landscape was much more severe than it had been just a fewyears before. It made regular strip mining look environmentally conscious andit was heart breaking. The need tobring attention to this situation is urgent. Creating powerful images that critique mountain top removalwould provide me with a point of entry to begin engaging in conversations aboutthis issue through art.
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