Today I learned from my biologist friend Wendy that some scientists hypothesize forests may be replaced by grasslands because “with global warming the fire-return cycle is becoming too short for forest regeneration,” at least in the Yellowstone area. I wonder if this will happen more quickly than we expect, like the polar ice melt? How should I best express this disturbing scenario in my burn-related artwork?
(For artwork they’d say practice here in Banff, a term I find both edifying and a little pretentious at the same time. I don’t compare what I do to law or medicine. Yet I realize (especially from the artist talks I’ve been hearing here) that art with a majority conceptual process — which sometimes results in no ongoing artifact — requires a broader term.)