Hold on to what is good,
even if it is a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
even if it is a tree which stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
even if it is a long way from here.
nancy wood, 1974
A meditation on disappearing wilderness.
An earth-based spiritual journey.
An Anthropocene call to action.
Treeline is an ongoing works series exploring human relationships with nature and wilderness in the Anthropocene Era, in pursuit of a new balance between survival, sublimity, and stewardship.
Through site-based immersive experiences and visual documents, Treeline seeks to transmute individual experiences of greater harmonies and the sublime into communal experiences in/of/with the natural world. Our expeditionary art-making process collaboratively devises guided immersive journeys through audiences' local environment, with a focus on marginal and liminal sites: high alpine zone, wildland-urban interface spaces, desert waterways, wildfire burn areas, pollution plumes, incidental/accidental greenways.
Intertwining histories, ecologies, cultural practices, personal ancestries, and artistic imaginings, Treeline works to elevate climate consciousness, reawaken spiritual connections to land, and galvanize action in service of environmental harmony and justice.
Recent and current projects include:
burn scar (October 2021): a visual exhibition from the East Troublesome burn area.
Tent (August 2021 - April 2022): a story-telling exchange along and about the South Platte River.
THE END (working title) (2022): a bus tour of Denver’s climate future.
details coming soon...
Canopy (2022): a journey through Colorado's changing season, from fall into winter.
permacouture (2023): a process of divestment from waste-based consumerism.
Blue Sky Mountain (2024): a journey past treeline on Colorado’s Front Range.
We model our art-making practice after expeditions into the wilderness – small groups of multi-talented artistic adventurers pursuing trajectories more often than end-point goals, seeking experiences that transform our understanding of the scope of our world, living in the unknown for extended periods, thoroughly embedded in its landscapes and ecologies.
If it sounds like this is for you, please reach out. We'd love to meet you and take a hike together!
And if you're interested in what maps and legends we're guiding our journeys by right now, here's our current reading list:
Western lands, waters, and ecologies
Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner
Deadpool by James Lawrence Powell
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
Desert Cabal by Amy Irvine
Desert Notebooks by Ben Ehrenreich
Peaks, Plateaus, and Plains by Allen B. Crockett
Ecological harmonies & cultural histories
The Earth Path by Starhawk
Facing Gaia by Bruno LaTour
Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Permaculture: A Designer's Manual By Bill Mollison
Full Ecology by Mary M. Clare & Gary Ferguson
The Old Ways and The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane
How We Became Human by Joy Harjo
Cheyenne Memories by John Stands in Timber
An Indigenous People's History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
Ministry for the Future and other climate fiction by Kim Stanley Robinson
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy Mcginnis
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk