Mounds and Stones Series
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I began the series with questions about home and connection to place. As a descendant of European immigrants (or more accurately, colonizers and all that implies), these questions circle around in my mind often. Where is my place? Who are my people? What place/s are they indigenous to? And even, how has this dislocation contributed to behaviors of racism and greed over the centuries?
Ever since humans started to wonder about the meaning of life and why they were on the planet, they have sought understanding through the places they lived. The land, sky, and water gave them life, after all, and our most ancient ancestors knew their environment intimately through daily observation. Though we modern folk have lost much of that connection, it is not completely gone. We are still affected by where we are, through the weather, the amount of light and dark, and the plants and animals that thrive there. We are also affected by the human cultures that have developed in each area.
When I was 17, my family took a trip to the British Isles where we visited ancient stone and mounds built by Neolithic and Bronze age cultures 3,000-7,000 years ago. My father was enthralled with these sites and their spiritual and astronomical meanings. This interest became his full time passion for the next 40 years until his death in 2006. His book Manitou: The Sacred Landscape of New England’s Native Civilization, brings together those years of research.
For my part, I never forgot the experience of walking through those sites. The stones were like groups of people meeting together and the mounds like large mammals hibernating. For the past two years, I have been painting images of those sites using my father’s research photos as inspiration. It has become a form of collaboration through time, combining the creative efforts of the ancient people, my father’s passion, and filtered through my hands and eyes. In July 2013 I made my own pilgrimage to England to visit and document some of the same sites my father researched as well as new ones. Those images have joined the series.