Ghosts in the Forest

In 2008 and again in 2011, Ant Man and I lived in the central Massachusetts town of Petersham, in the woods of Harvard’s Long Term Ecological Research station, a.k.a., Harvard Forest. Mike’s 2008 Bullard Fellowship lasted 6 months and generated the second Fellowship- my own. As Harvard Forest’s first Artist-in-Residence, Ghosts in the Forest helped inaugurate a program that plunks down artists in the New England woods and gives them time and resources to develop their unique interpretations.

Ghosts in the Forest was an eight month field-drawn study of the stone walls, cellar holes, mill dams and other historic structures scattered throughout New England, mostly buried under vegetation and overgrown with trees. It’s like a forgotten city out there, and never ceases to remind me of the Mayan ruins I’ve visited in the remotest parts of Chiapas. Well, almost never. There’s snow, after all.

Harvard Forest now has a linked page with an interactive map of my field sites. Click on the map’s flags and be taken to each site. All drawings are 22″ x 15″ graphite and pastel, drawn on Rives BFK paper.





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