Yard Work

December 5, 2017 by Jess

- written by The Umbrella's 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence, Elizabeth King

On my walks through the neighborhoods of Concord this month, I have developed an obsession with the way people maintain their yards. Gardening, weed whacking, and raking in some combination seem to be almost a way of life for many people. I am interested in the fact that yard work is a solitary, yet communal pass time and no matter how well the task is done, it must be repeated again-usually weekly.

In the paintings I made this month, I focused on these interactions between humans and nature. I am especially interested in capturing the instances where the relationship is symbiotic. Especially as fall comes to an end, I want to highlight this love-hate relationship to nature.

"Tree Surgeons' Delight" 19.5 inches x 31.5 inches, watercolor and acrylic on canvas


"Reluctant Daughter" 34 inches x 39 inches, watercolor and gouache on canvas


"Turkey Enthusiast" 8.5 inches x 11 inches, watercolor and ink on paper


"Raking Blues" 8.5 inches x 11 inches, watercolor and crayon on paper


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