Where the roots rise, in a forest full of ecru bone, the woman of the woods awakes to a world of myth and ruination. Where the roots rise and the sun seeds, decay runs rampant—seasons change. The woman passes through time like mist devolved—nature lies in await to stake its claim.
Where the Roots Rise articulates humankind’s capacity to decay as a marker of our identity. Set in the swamps and woods of Florida, natural places where one encounters life and death, growth and decay, the series chronicles the intimate relationship of a woman and her surrounding nonhuman environment. The woman collects the bones, branches, and flora and treads with the animals, both dead and living. Recognizing the deaths of other creatures, this woman observes in death, she, too, will be repurposed and consumed by the earth. The cyanotype process shifts focus from potentially colorful landscapes and figures to patterns, textures, and the relationships of forms within the images. Tea-staining the prints dulls the blue and adds warmth. Printing on Japanese Kitakata paper, which is prone to ripping, tearing, and wrinkling, reflects the deterioration of nature and gives the prints a feeling of fragility. This work reflects upon the forms, the impermanence, and the interconnectedness of
Where the Roots Rise