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Instructor: Jay Critchley
Monday - Friday
July 29 - August 2
1pm - 4pm
5 Sessions

The cultural, political and environmental stakes are high in how we understand and regulate our relationship to the land and climate.  Like the layers of soil, in this workshop we will dig deep into layers of human occupation on the land to discover our history, and the filters we use when we view and experience its elements. A landscape has a narrative to tell us, memories to share. What do we know about the terrain we value, both familiar and remote? How was it tread upon? We will reference our personal history with the soil, the water, the air, and the forest including all of its inhabitants. We will also reference relevant and historic documents that have laid the foundation of how Western culture values our land and climate. Whether mixed media, painting, sculpture, installation, text and performance, the focus will be on the unfolding of creation. Each artist will select a site or plot to explore and experiment with, whether at Edgewood Farm or nearby, or your favorite site or imaginary place. Collaboration is encouraged with the week culminating in documentation and review of all work. 

Notable historic Documents:
Document of Discovery (1493)
Mayflower Compact (Pilgrims, 1620)
Florentine Codex (16th Century)
Native America (Four-part PBS documentary, 2018)