Writing

Writers in residence works are presently on the Spring Creek Project webpage

Paul Miller

Miller wrote Heart of the Forest after four artist residencies at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in the Cascade Range. The artist residencies are part of the Spring Creek Project’s Long-Term Ecological Reflections program, which invites writers and artists to interact with environmental scientists, explore the forest, and write or create art. The program, in its twelfth year, is designed to collect reflections on the forest for the next two hundred years.

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Kathleen Caprario

In August, 2015, Kathleen Caprario spent ten days as an artist in residence at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. Kathleen traded the concrete canyons of the New York/New Jersey Metro Area for the real canyons and broad skies of the Pacific NW in the late 1970’s. Her early work reflected the experience of living and growing up in an urban area. But living in Oregon transformed the architecturally inspired work she had been doing into the architectonic shapes and patterns of the high desert, coastal rock formations and the openness of the seemingly infinite space that was her new home.

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Ian Boyden

Boyden’s work has been described as simultaneously geological and lyrical, industrial and mystical, dreamlike and archetypal. His art often links the literary, material, and visual imaginations, paying keen attention to how his work can shape ecological awareness. Boyden makes his own paints and inks, often from unusual materials such as meteorites, shark teeth, freshwater pearls, and carbon sourced from the aftermath of forest fires. Using the materials of his subjects to work his way into imaginal representations of the subjects establishes a direct link between material and subject, a new form of translation.

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Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson’s creative engagement with the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest began with her October 2012 residency. However her relationship with the forest began several years earlier in 2007. Not long after meeting river guide Tim Haley on the Rogue River, Leah traveled to Eugene from California so they could to get to know each other better before sharing a boat for 27 days on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. On a rainy October day, Tim took Leah to the Andrews Forest, a place he considered one of his “places.” Before heading to the Old-Growth trailhead, they stopped at the kiosk at the head of Road 1506 to read about Tim’s great grandfather, H. J. “Hoss” Andrews. The initial visit to the Andrews and the residency eventually opened a space to allow a convergence of several threads of Leah’s life.

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Elizabeth Farnsworth

Elizabeth Farnsworth visited Andrews Forest as a Scholar in Residence Oct. 20-25, 2010, and we include her here in Arts in the Andrews because of her artistic contribution to the Forest’s work. Elizabeth trained as a scientist, taught at Smith College, was a Bullard Fellow at Harvard Forest, and is Senior Research Ecologist with the New England Wild Flower Society.

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Elizabeth Farnsworth

Elizabeth Farnsworth Elizabeth Farnsworth, a visiting scholar, is a senior research ecologist and scientific illustrator at the New England Wild Flower Society in Massachusetts, a research associate at Harvard Forest, and senior...

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