Volume 3, Issue 14
“oh foaming empire,/ american tide,/ the raccoon mid leap,/ the end of marriage,/ always anonymous,/ never the less // I am the monster.”
-Robin Reid Drake, “drive”
This piece was created during an artist residency in Lapua, Finland. The deep forests and dark landscape of the Scandinavian Winter inspired this piece of a woman representing Mother Nature. My work strives to explore the aesthetic within imperfections and unearthed beauty of line work and stippling. These techniques imitate the look of nature, implying crisp texture and impression of depth. This is my best way to convey the look and feel of the natural world.
“See here, girl. Death is married to life,” Big Ma would say. “When one arrives, the other is sure to follow. What matters most is balance.” Big Ma also taught Cressie about herbs, wildflowers, and how to use the power in the ground. The world was altogether vibrant as Big Ma spoke about it.
“Later in the day, during our drive across the flat coastal plain to Lake Mattamuskeet, we see thousands more red-winged blackbirds explode from the ground, but only the males with their gaudy epaulets. Where are the drab brown females? Do they travel separately? Or am I somehow overlooking them?”
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