Arbres arrencats d'ametheles (Uprooted Almond Trees)

With poetry  by Maw Shein Win
Edition of 6
Archival ink on Moab Entrada Natural rag paper, leather, wood, hand printed paper.   Binding by John DeMerritt. 8" x 6.5" x 1"

The genesis of this book project was an artist residency at Can Serrat International Center near Barcelona, Spain. where I spent a month there in April 2010 and the poet Maw Shein Win spent the month of July there in 2009. As we compared our experiences we became aware of our common interest in the upturned almond tree roots in a field just behind the residency property. I made detailed drawings of these roots which I later abstracted to their essence. When we met and discussed our experiences at Can Serrat we found that for each of us the roots were both aesthetically and metaphorically compelling.   In today's globalization and migration, how do we hold on to our roots? What do roots even mean?