November 29, 2016

Miniature in the Mail #40: "Nether"

"Nether," 5x5in., oil and marble dust on masonite

Today, an international landscape: iron fence, concrete wall, nearby road, and arid ground, fouled by acid rain and neglect. I came across the sight in downtown L.A. near Skid Row.

It signals eons of human effort to subdue, parcel off, and control the land. To thoroughly urbanize it. And yet this tree, like a weed, like a muckraker, like a nautilus that knew the dinosaurs, which snuggles up as close to our crude creations as thinkable and refuses to grow anywhere else.

In each of these places, there's poetry. You don't need to go far.

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