A meditation on our need to control nature, this collaborative book with original poetry and images by Tony Bellaver and Mary V. Marsh is a result of years of conversations while camping, backpacking and fly fishing. The close observation required for fly fishing reveals the interconnectedness of the river, trees, fish and insects. We reflect on our relationship to nature, the power and endurance of rivers, and our insignificance. We try to understand it through the lens of science and words. The river doesn’t care if we are here or not. We strive to see and respect the river, without naming or cultural construct.
From our sketchbook drawings and poetry we developed the content and designed the format collaboratively. The accordion structure allows the book to unfold in an uneven rhythm like a river. The maple burl and redwood veneer relates to trees around our favorite rivers of California. The salmon vertebrae shows one part of the cycle of life of the river.
ink, paper, maple burl veneer, redwood veneer, vertebrae
About the artist:
Mary V. Marsh looks at the intersection of media, consumption and personal habits. Making art in the Bay Area since 1982, she received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1992. Currently an Artist in Resident at Kala Art Institute.
Oakland based artist Tony Bellaver creates mixed media sculpture and drawings inspired by his love of hiking and nature. He incorporates maps, drawings, photographs and found foliage gathered on hikes to create texture and meaning in his works. He received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1992.