Burnt Pine Rocklands
These works were made in Everglades National Park, during my July 2017 AIRIE residency, in areas of endangered pine rockland forests which were recently subjected to prescribed burns. The black coloration is actual burnt pine char transferred onto/into paper. Most of the pieces are framed using salvaged Old Growth Dade County PIne, the same wood as the pines in the park. Only 6% of the original pine rockland habitat stands; 4% of that inside Everglades National Park- the rest was cut down and used to build early Miami. The pine rocklands depend on periodic fire for survival, and though Everglades National Park is commonly thought of as a wilderness, most of the fires as well as 90% of all water flow is controlled by people.