"River of Grass"
A body of work and artist book/ portfolio were completed as homage to Marjory Stoneman Douglas, (1947-1997), and her seminal book, "The Everglades: River of Grass". Forty miles wide and over 100 miles long this slow moving river ranges from a few inches to a few feet in depth. Only half it's original size, the Everglades has been largely destroyed to meet the demands of urban and agricultural growth. The ongoing battle for restoration of the Everglades is a moral test which hopefully we will pass.
To capture the grandeur of this unique region, I combined photography, painting and printmaking techniques on surfaces as diverse as aluminum and fresco. The resulting images reference the beauty of this rare ecosystem in its pristine reflectivity and, in the eroded surfaces, it's fragility.
To focus on the history and ecology, I also produced a small portfolio -- a handmade envelope referencing a packet of documents an early settler might have carried. It contains ten 7" x 10" folios that combine my images of the Everglades with historic photographs, documents and maps. The portfolio is a limited edition of 36 produced in the Spring of 2012 during my time as Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts in Boca Raton, Florida. A PDF can be downloaded and my experience at the Jaffe can be seen on facebook.