Large Scale Paintings and Details
Dryad of the King's Pines, studio view, 2021
Dryad of the King's Pines, studio view, 2021
Dryad of the King's Pines, detail
Dryad of the King's Pines, detail
Dryad of the King’s Pines is based on an American history of natural resource extraction for political and economic dominance. This painting of colonialism and ecological collapse features a full-scale section of a 400 year-old Eastern White Pine and a mythical dryad mourning old growth forests decimated by logging since colonial times, and climate change in present times. The molecular symbols scattered throughout the landscape represent the major industrial greenhouse gasses fueling the climate crisis.
In the 1750’s, King George I of England claimed exclusive rights to the enormous Pinus Strobus in the New England colonies, marking them for harvest to build ships for the Royal Navy. “The Pine Tree Riots” of 1772, a rebellion by New Hampshire settlers who also wanted access to the timber, was a precursor to the American Revolution. Pinus Strobus, with a recorded life span of 400+ years, is currently grown as a monoculture crop in timber production forests, and is harvested around 30 years of growth.
Dryad of Climate Departure (Winter, No Snow) 84” H x 64” W
Dryad of Climate Departure (Winter, No Snow) 84” H x 64” W
Detail: Dryad of Climate Departure (Winter, No Snow)
Detail: Dryad of Climate Departure (Winter, No Snow)
Dryad of Climate Departure (Winter, No Snow) “Climate departure” is the point at which the average temperature of a location's coldest year is projected to be warmer than the average temperature of its hottest year in the baseline period 1860-2005. Heat, drought, and loss of seasonal temperature fluctuations destroy trees, with cascading disappearance of the plants, animals and insects dependent on forest ecology. This Dryad sits in a gray and leafless deciduous forest, devoid of living creatures or snow cover. The molecular symbols scattered throughout the landscape represent the major industrial greenhouse gasses fueling the climate crisis.
Requiem, Dryads of the Anthropocene. 84” H x 84” W
Requiem, Dryads of the Anthropocene. 84” H x 84” W
Detail: Requiem, Dryads of the Anthropocene.
Detail: Requiem, Dryads of the Anthropocene.
Requiem, Dryads of the Anthropocene
Dryads, the spiritual embodiment of trees, groves, woodlands and mountain forests in Ancient Greek mythology, were believed to die along with the trees they inhabited. This trio of dryads, engulfed in the molecular symbols of greenhouse gasses, stand watch over a compromised landscape they can neither bless nor protect.
Dryad of Post-Industrial Collapse (New England) 63” H x 84” W
Dryad of Post-Industrial Collapse (New England) 63” H x 84” W
Dryad of Post-Industrial Collapse (New England) detail
Dryad of Post-Industrial Collapse (New England) detail
Dryad of Post-Industrial Collapse (New England) references not only the gesture of the figure, collapsed in sparse second-growth woodlands, but the collapsed economy of a region whose former industrial base contributed to the escalation of greenhouse gas emissions, and left behind polluted mill towns, widespread poverty and addiction crises when manufacturing left the region.
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