Lyrical essay + field guide, edition of 50, 5x7”

The research for this project began with an excavation of personal memory related to site that resulted in an ecological and social field guide to the New Jersey pine barrens, along with a set of tools, and a durational action. The walk traced the perimeter of an aerial bomb training site, located in an ecologically rare dwarf pine plain, during the season’s first snow. A small video camera strapped to the back of my head captured a receding landscape and the mark making action in video. The field guide includes an essay, project documentation, and images that register how areas of the Pinelands have been deemed ’sacrificial zones’ (Naomi Klein) despite their ecological significance.
Tools: Pine, willow, cranberry dye, cochineal, pine tar, leather strap, found iron tine cultivator

Pine Barrens, NJ
Portrait image by Beth Pogue.
Available through Melhop Gallery, and on Fruit & Rot

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