A Ghost in Redwood Grove

Ama Wertz's avatar Ama Wertz

I call this weaving a “wilderness essay,” as it tells a story about my complicated relationship with nature, inspired by outdoor trips to the Sierra backcountry. A Ghost in Redwood Grove is just that, a ghostly figure representing human impact with the forest and my own memory – the figure is my husband, and the time is our honeymoon. An avid hiker, I weave tapestries that depict humanity's role in nature as both steward and vandal. The materials I use are natural, dyestuffs foraged from my backyard or kitchen and wool produced in the local fibershed, but the weaving process is planned and calculated, projecting this conflicting duality into the structure and design of the work.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: Weaving
  • Width: 38 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 28.75 inches