Oil on canvas
2 ft. x 2 ft.
Since Europeans arrived and began to colonize North America, forests have been cleared to make way for settlement, agriculture, logging and other resource extraction. A wave of deforestation and forest degradation spread westward with their expansion. On the east coast, grand forests once sprawled across the land so dense, it is said that a squirrel could have traveled from the Northeast to the Mississippi without touching the ground. Today, what few, sparse pockets of extant old-growth forest remain tucked in the crevices of the urbanization, suburban sprawl, and agriculture. In contrast, the forests of the northwestern regions of North America still stand tall, despite continued logging and other activities, including the practice of “clear-cutting” of old-growth forests, whose ancient, intricate ecosystems do not regenerate on a timescale that we will observe. The Canadian boreal forest represents 25 percent of the world’s remaining intact forest, considered “the lungs of the world” along with the Amazon rainforest; however, Canada is also a world leader in rate of forest loss. This painting depicts a patchwork of clearcut forested area northwest of Prince George, British Columbia. In addition to being intensively logged, this region’s forests have suffered destruction from the invasive mountain pine beetle and intensified forest fires, both exacerbated by climate change in recent years.
Gaea Cherissa Dukelow is an artist and field ecologist based in Fairbanks, Alaska. Coming to Alaska from Lenapehoking, from a city today called Philadelphia, she contrasts and draws comparisons between the futurist world of fragmented ecosystems and subdivided neighborhoods of the East Coast of the continent we call North America and the romanticized, nostalgic notion of wilderness and the Alaskan “Last Frontier.” Having received formal training in fine art at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), having learned to see the world in terms of ecological systems at State University of New York, College of Environmental Science (ESF), and ...
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.