The hand colored photographs of the Grand Canyon which comprise the foundation of Connect the Dots show a pristine environment; no skywalks, no footprints, no human touch. After finding these photographs I read of the challenges facing the Grand Canyon National Park, including stresses from the millions of visitors annually, the air and sound pollution, climate-change impacts and threats of possible mining development near the park. I was trying to understand the relationship between this unique environment and the impact that civilization was having on the land. By sewing the beads onto the photographs I altered this virtual landscape without adverse impact on the actual landscape. The thread and beads express the tension between our love of the earth, and our adverse impact on it. They also communicate my respect and love of the land, my passion and compassion for a beautiful, magical place that I hope can survive, even thrive, for another 70 millions years.
|Title||Connect the Dots|
|Place of Publication||Oakland, California|
|Subject||Arizona, Grand Canyon|
|Medium/ Materials||Found Victorian album, found photographs, beads, thread|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||Closed: 8.5 x 10.5 x 2 inches. Open: 17 x 10.5 x 2 inches.|
|Signed and Numbered?||Yes|