G R IE FUN T ANGLE M E N T (Grief Untanglement) 6ft x 3.5 ft plus objects; cadmium red gouache, plant and mineral pigments on reclaimed wooden object of indeterminate use. river driftwood and riverbank found objects. pigments include: walnut ink, indigo, gamboge, nicosia green, zinc white, azurite, dioptase, yellow ochre, blue ridge ochre, colorado pink pipe clay. Objects pictured returned to the site where they were found. July, 2018. Last photo by Kelly Moody.
Wilderness is new. Before it, the constantly human-tended world was a garden formed by long-lasting relationships. Common now is to see only the beauty that human culture robs from the land through mechanic consumption, but human absence, the hole left by our diminishing presence there, is a greater theft. What’s left outside in the tangle? Can the disappointments of neglect be reimagined as beauty?