Artist: Michele Pollock
Title: Against Forgetting What Has Been Lost
Attribution: Against Forgetting What has Been Lost, 2021, Michele Heather Pollock
Materials: Eco-dyed recycled cotton fabric, yarn, hardware cloth, wire, cotton embroidery thread, interfacing, acrylic paint
Dimensions: 24" x 8"
Image Statement: I've developed a rare autoimmune disease which has made it very difficult for me to hike in my woods any longer, and this piece was created as a way for me to memorialize, for myself, the experience of being in the forest. The recycled fabrics were eco-dyed with fallen leaves from the forest floor, and each element is based on something that I have actually observed, and photographed, in the woods. It is a souvenir of my life before Scleroderma, a reminder to myself that what has been lost to me is still alive in the world, and a love song to the forest floor.