Suze Woolf burned tree painting

Painting Details

Varnished watercolor on torn paper
52 x 13
I found this standing totem on the Winter Rim, above Oregon's Summer Lake. I was a resident at Playa Summer Lake during the summer of 2018. I could not resist the fact that it was both charred and covered with beetle galleries (see the Artist Book section of this website and the 30-some books I have made about bark beetles). 

As the climate warms, forest fires are becoming more frequent and catastrophic in the western United States. My deep anxiety with the impacts of climate change on wilderness are emerging in this series. Burned-over areas of forest are riveting. Unfamiliar tree forms are newly exposed. Formerly hidden terrain features become visible. Normal greens, blues and browns are transformed. All the worst fires of the last fifty years have occured in the last five years.

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