Right after college I got a t-shirt that had that Latin saying on it. If I recall correctly it means “what comes from the earth must go back to it.” When I was working on the concept of this piece and contemplating a title I felt that “Reddenda est Terra Terrae” was very appropriate.
When working on the painting in the work I wanted the hills (based on images I took of sunset in Eastern Oregon in the fall), to echo the form of the body that I did in pate de’ verre. The sides of the work is cedar needles (collected from Champoeg state park here in Oregon) that I then covered in casting resin, sanded, and then finshed with a wax.
This piece is currently in the “Assembled” exhibition up at the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem.