I’m working on a collaborative project with Nebraska native native artist Elizabeth Bunsen who also lives in Vermont. I’m reading South Dakota history, looking at old photographs and accessing the recesses of my memory for the stories, objects and images that trigger my creativity.
I have to tell you that this South Dakota girl who is turning 50 years old in October is longing for the prairie. It isn’t a big mystery to me why this is happening. I’m just exploring what’s organically coming up and seeing where the pull leads me. I’m pretty sure Elizabeth’s inner Nebraska is tugging at her too.
Here’s a couple of quick sketches that I played with in Illustrator this morning. I painted with coffee which is greatly influenced by Elizabeth’s work and layered with my photographs.
P.S. Hey, when the ground thaws if anyone would consider sending me some South Dakota dirt I would greatly appreciate it. Not much, just a small container or quart sized bag would do just fine. Thanks. I’ll send you a print or something in kind.