Matthew Day Jackson
The Lower 48 - Wyoming
Each: 39 x 56 cm Overall: 312 x 336 cm
It would be misleading to say that sculptor Matthew Day Jackson simply photographed anthropomorphic land formations in the course of a four-month drive through the continental United States, as if they were just sitting there waiting for him. Perhaps a few of these noble heads were, but many others were camera shy and had to be coaxed out of hiding â€“ only from certain camera angles would they agree to expose themselves. This initial reticence aside, the 48 different sentinels, each representing an historic region (Lincoln Head Park in Washington; Bandon Rocks in Oregon, Hellsâ€™ Half Acre in Wyoming, etc) pose with the same proud determination shown more or less a century ago by Edward Curtisâ€™ Indian chiefs. But who are they? The answer, Jackson tells us, requires us to peer into a post-apocalyptic future, where each portrait depicts one of â€śMother Natureâ€™s Land Soldiers.â€ť Through erosion, pollution and relentless environmental degradation they have resurfaced to reclaim the earth, guarding forests, surveying coastlines and even looking skyward for potential threats.
Text by William A Ewing