Brattle

Brattle, 2014
‘Brattle’ evokes the dynamics of habitation, land use, and loss. Brattle, which means to make a sharp noise (to break and to rattle), alludes to both the drum of the Pileated Woodpecker and the drone of chainsaws. Stars, woodgrain, and a large, black mass impress on the viewer a sense of standing before an enormous wood pile in the nighttime. The woodpeckers that alight this ‘stage’ do so as visions – eery creatures clinging desperately to now free-floating sections of a tree. We gain a sense of inseparability between the logs, those commodified sections of a greater whole, and the animals inhabiting them. The piece is meant to reconnect us to the life of the forest, seeing ourselves as participants and dwellers in a shared ecosystem. I hope my work leads viewers into wonder and dialogue about how we, like the Pileated Woodpecker, might dwell-within rather than remove, section-off, or build over.
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Brattle (alternate curation)

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