Two photomontages
 

Deference, 2015
Vigilance, 2016


            Both of these images appear elsewhere on this site. Both have been exhibited in group shows and they have also been published along with this statement in the online pubication About Place.

            In consideration of worldwide environmental degradation and the ways in which humans are addressing these conditions, I find myself reflecting upon the gentler and more generous qualities I've encountered in human relationships. And it occurs to me that our connections with the earth, its lands, waters and atmospheres, and all of its flora and fauna might be reset to correspond with our more compassionate instincts. The essence of our individual relationships with the earth and its diversity is just this personal and profound. 
            The Great Blue Heron in the photomontage Deference is offered a gesture of respect. The gesture signifies the dignity that all are due. The human does not dominate or dictate; she does not project or concede a hierarchy. Her reverence for the bird is derived from self-knowledge and love, as she freely does for others. She comprehends herself and other as one and the same; her gesture is global. 
            The sleeper of the photomontage Vigilance rests deeply in stillness, even in harsh terrain. She knows that her Cottontail sentinel will watch over her for the duration. In time, she will rise and take up her post while her rabbit counterpart slips into oblivion. They are for each other ardently loyal and vowed to their mutual safeguard. The one cannot not thrive or even exist without the other.

 


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