The inspiration for this work came from a series of workshops with artist Gary Wiseman and several hikes to forest fire burn sites with Rachel Freifelder and non-profit Bark: Defenders of Mt. Hood. All of the paints used were made by me with materials that I found within Mt. Hood National Forest while learning about how fire affects both old growth forests and clearcut or thinned forests. Paints are made from charcoal, sedimentary rocks, and rusted steel cans. A small study of my first attempts to make paint are housed in a while cabinet. Trash and debris were collected as found on site as part of the experience. The image that I created to represent a forest was inspired by my visits to land that had been clearcut, planted, thinned, and burned again.
These balloons were collected from Mt. Hood National Forest by Michael Krochta from Bark. The name alludes to the material of the balloon and the nutrient seeking hairs on the ends of soil fungus, called Mycelium. Many of them collected small pockets of soil, and began undergoing processes that serve to decompose anything that falls on the forest floor. What purpose do they serve now that their parties are over?