The Orchard Project is presented here as a series of small etchings. There are roughly 90 of these completed to date.
Each of these simple etchings is an intimate, subtle, and minimal portrait of a tree. When presented as a group, there’s a tension between the mass of the orchard and the intimacy of the tree—and that is the essence of this exhibition proposal.
Additionally, this phase of the project is a study of the antiquated orchard through the antiquated printmaking process of etching. The etchings are drawn a row at a time, typically with three etches in a very systematic, methodology. The creative process itself is a collision between early technology and contemporary technological strategies.
The Orchard Project also functions as a metaphor for how we confront the outdated, the antiquated, the unmarketable, and the aged. It embodies the tension between the social values of commerce and culture, formally juxtaposing photography and drawing and questioning the way we see and know.
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