bringing to life themes of resilience, refuge and renewal through art
Through connecting with the natural world, we experience our essential interdependence and resourcefulness. In this innovative workshop series, artist Isaac Bower guided participants in exploring themes of refuge, resilience and renewal through connecting with nature, collaborating with others, and engaging in creative process.
The resulting art exhibit displays the unique and creative ways that each participant responded to the workshop’s themes. The branching structures that connect the artworks were collaboratively made by the group using recycled cardboard.
Beginning on November 15, this meaningful, site-specific exhibit will be on display at the Frick Environmental Center, but you can also explore the virutal exhibit below.
This project is a collaborative initiative presented by Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh, Lively Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.
“This drawing was inspired by a tree I noticed during a walk on Cloudland Road in South Pomfret, Vermont. The majority of the tree appeared to be 'dead', but there was a lush and leafy branch emerging at the top. This really stuck me at a corporeal level, thinking about my own body and my preconceptions about aging and vitality. It was a powerful reminder that renewal, growth, and change can occur in surprising ways.”
“When I think about resilience, it seems to be linked with patience, process, and persistence. This drawing was inspired by tree roots I observed during a hike in Falls Run Park in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. The steep banks along the creek there have eroded away, exposing impressively long horizontal tree root systems. Seeing the relentless progress of these roots through the rocky terrain reminded me that with persistence and time, obstacles can be reframed as pathways to progress.”