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A curated collection of photographs that explore the interaction of art and life. Highlighting the examination of plant exploration, historical tales, scientific inquires through artistic endeavors.

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A gathering of inspiration, thought experiments, and injections of where life is art.

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Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

Anna Taugher

"Painters throughout art history from the Northern Song, Baroque, Rococo and Hudson River School tailored their depictions of nature to serve an artistic narrative. Today, photoshopped images of verdant forests and unspoiled beaches invite us to vacation and sightsee, providing a false sense of assurance that the wilderness will always exist. By exploring idealized views of nature, my work acknowledges our more complex and precarious relationship with the environment."   Alison Moritsugu

In Moritsugu's exhibition Inconsequence / In Consequence she paints idealic images of wild forests on log stumps that one could imagine were freshly cut out of the forest depicted within the painting. This use of skill and material exemplifies the old human notion of Manifest Destiny and how the west was won. Though these ideals are not on the forefront of our modern mind our consumption of natural resources says otherwise. Moritsugu captures this doomsday beautifully.


Rejuvenated Nature

Anna Taugher

As winter approaches and life curls up in hibernation let's celebrate the rejuvenating season ahead of us with the awesome power of the natural world through these images of Mother Nature retaking what was once hers.

images by Tang Yuhong via Matador

Rio Mora

Anna Taugher

I'm driving down to the “Land of Enchantment” to find the River of Blackberries. Rio Mora translates to “The River of Blackberries” and is a nationally protected landscape outside of Las Vegas, New Mexico and home to a research station of the Denver Zoo. I have come down for the weekend for native seed collection research. Cruising through the southwest the blank space and wide skies are mesmerizing. There seems to be not a soul surrounding you. This starkness is what it is like driving into Rio Mora, but once you enter the perimeter gate life explodes around you. The gravel road takes a sharp turn downward and opens up onto a lush pinyon-juniper valley floor made complete by the setting sun, sixty head bison herd, and of course the Rio Mora running through.

Upon arrival I was immediately captivated by this ranch, the crisp air caught in my lungs like it were the first oxygen molecules on earth. Breathing deeply I spent the remaining dusk hours exploring my surroundings. As I looked around, I looked down and noticed creatures tracks scurrying through the dusty fields. I counted at least eight distinct animal tracks and followed each one until the trail went cold, then picking up a new set and seeing where this trail would take me.

Over the next two days the team at Rio Mora explored the different habitats from wetlands to grasslands that the ranch encompasses, collecting native seed specimens for use in future restoration projects. There is something so calming and meditative about collecting seed. All that is on your mind is the plant you are searching for; foraging through the fields looking for one specific species, crushing the spent flower head between your fingers, and popping the tiny seeds into a paper bag. Collecting seed is like searching for a needle in a haystack, but when your field is the beauty of Rio Mora who wouldn't be in awe.