Nostalgia Forest

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SUCKERS (2012), profiled here as part of the Lex-ICON series, was a book-work I created using archival diagrams and figures from forestry sources. These are re-captioned using text drawn from lyric and allegorical writings, as well as oral histories of the British forest. The work responds to contemporary arguments about the visual modelling of the forest and how to quantify its social and cultural data. It depicts managerial and pedagogical devices in forestry, but tests these visual modes of knowledge by bringing in unreconciled literary voices.

NOSTALGIA FOREST (Oystercatcher Press, 2013 – forthcoming) uses only text drawn from Paul Ricoeur’s Memory, History, Forgetting (2000). The diagrams are all sourced from dendrochronology (tree-ring reading) manuals. Cat-face scars, impact scars, and red-rot infection appear in the catalogue of figures for individual and collective remembrance, alongside a writing-through of Ricoeur’s text on the philosophical misfortunes of memory.

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~ by Amy Cutler on February 24, 2013.

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