Healing the Earth
The textile art in this exhibition depicts activities and locations where people are exerting significant effort to repair and restore the soil, water, flora and fauna destroyed or threatened by humans. Each piece represents a place where considerable environmental damage has occurred but where there has been some success in restoring an ecologically sound environment. In planning this series, I put out a request to artist friends around the country, asking if they were aware of locations in their vicinity where environmental restoration efforts were having some success. The response was overwhelming, leading to nine pieces honoring restoration processes that offer hope for a repaired and healed earth.
Rather than producing landscapes, I strive to create a sense of place through choice of color, shape, texture and materials. These pieces are hand dyed, printed and stitched on hemp and with few exceptions use totally natural materials. This series is optimistic, anticipating that some of us can find a piece of our personal worlds where we can restore and heal even a small part of the earth.