A Canopy of Briars: Visual Considerations on Reclaiming the Land

June 30 - October 30, 2011

Susan Applegate uses a variety of media to depict a personal battle; the reclamation of her family's Oregon ranch from invasive blackberries.

Images and text bring the visitor into the experience while Applegate reflects on her childhood memories of the property, the sense of futility in the exhausting campaign against the blackberries, and the hope symbolized by native wildflowers peering through breaks in the thicket.

Bird Saying Goodbye painting by Susan Applegate

Bird Saying Goodbye, a painting by Susan Applegate

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