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Field Journal, Japan

Agricultural processes have always interested me. Such processes appear to me as seasonal rituals that sustain us as human beings.┬áThese processes bring us literally down to earth. The visual effects of plantings and harvests while connected logically with efficiency and production often result in what seems to me chance compositions. Often as not the visual effects are enhanced or thought out in such a way as to be visually pleasing and in harmony with the surroundings. I use similar strategies when thinking about installations or objects in relationship to each other in space, interior or exterior. I consider the following images “found compositions” or selected sketches for future projects. No matter where I traveled over the past 30 years I’ve taken such photos. I’m also interested in seasonal harvests and festivals as related to comparative mythology and religion. Works of mine like “The Keeper’s Lament”, “Offering” and “Neruda” are visually based and metaphorically connected to the idea of harvest and our connection with nature.


#1 kevin mulcahy on 01.11.09 at 1:32 pm

some of my favorite images. My grandfather was a farmer born and raised in Ireland. In the late fall his eyes would get misty and gray. He would explain the end of the season as things dying, the earth/soil preparing for the long winter ahead, sad and barren. As a child I remember each spring it was as if my grandfather was himself reborn. That steel gray color in his eyes would soften to the piercing blue eyes I remember to this day.

#2 Irene Beggs on 12.22.10 at 2:16 pm

These imagies bring back memories of my visit to Japan.
One of my favorite art forms are the woodblock prints.