On the cover:
Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Compassion, 2011. Potato, soil, blood, sodium chloride solution, and steel, dimensions variable. Photo: Anne Duk Hee Jordan and Matt Mcginity, courtesy the artist.
As is appropriate for an issue that highlights the summer’s best sculpture park and garden exhibitions, many of the artists featured here draw inspiration from nature. Mel Chin frequently aims to focus our attention on environmental issues, while Gail Wight is so immersed in nature that she considers a rugged cove on the Pacific Coast her “real studio.” It is the natural environment that inspires much of Malia Jensen’s work and is often where it is sited; like her, Alwar Balasubramaniam tries “to work with nature in collaboration.” Writing about Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Joyce Beckenstein details the artist’s use of, among other things, potatoes to explore the vagaries of life in a post-Anthropocene era. And, while Roni Horn has an abiding fascination with water—going so far as to use melted glacier ice in Library of Water—it is contemplation and stillness that ally her work with the natural world more often than direct engagement with it.
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