Time and Together glicée and serigraph
This piece, “Time and Together” came out of discussions between myself and Jeb Barzen at the International Crane Foundation.
“It became clear when talking with Jeb, just the incredible scale and connectedness of the work he deals with. Jeb showed me how decades of land history can still be seen today; a ridge where a cow fence stood decades ago, a clear line in the prairie where a fall burning in 1987 and a spring burning in 1988 were done. Both were planted with the same seeds, but because different plant species do better with a fall or spring planting both sections grew to support a different range of species, creating a line that can still be seen today. Some of the history was personal: Jeb told me about some compass plants that he had planted when his daughter was born. Twenty years later, his children are grown and the compass plants (shown at the top of the picture) have bloomed.
Jeb also told me stories of a rich history of Wisconsin and Sauk County residents taking pride in their land. Understanding and serving human needs is vital to any environmental effort; whether that’s by improving farming techniques or protecting whole ecosystems with flagship species like the Sandhill Crane. The International Crane Foundation works with over 50 countries around the world on ecological restoration and conservation. The hands in this piece represent the incredible impact of many people all working together to protect and nurture our natural resources, and to show we are as much a part of our environment as it is a part of us.
Finally, we talked about the future, and how even land we know well can surprise us. One day, when Jeb walked across a prairie he’d been familiar with for over 20 years, he came across a field full of rare purple milkweed. This rare native plant is vital to the monarch butterfly population and is endangered in Wisconsin. Jeb compared a long-term relationship with a piece of land to a marriage; full of surprises and ever evolving.”