Sonja Johanson

 

SPINNING JENNY

 

                                                                        age

                                    sits at her loom

                        the remembered life

 

                                    destroyed

                                          care

                                    clutched

                                            measuring  breaths

 

 

erasure, Anne Rice, Taltos, pg.290
samaras, Tulip Tree, Liriodendron tulipifera

 

FOCUS

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                                                            a strange comfort

   lay

                                                 in the

            pain,

                                                           pushing

    away

                                   worry

                                                                           utterly

 

 

erasure, Anne Rice, Taltos, pg. 320
syncarp sections, Osage Orange, Maclura pomifera

 

DECISION

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Decision

 

                        I will    choose

                        screaming

                                                bones

                              over

                                                                        dwelling

                        in that house,

 

 

erasure, Anne Rice, Taltos, pg. 450
dried achenes, Pot Marigold, Calendula officianalis

 

 

Artist statement:

This series of erasures use the Anne Rice novel Taltos as their source text. I elected to perform these erasures using plant materials as a way of celebrating and mourning our current ecological state; the breakneck speed of climate change and globalization is easily observed by those working in horticulture and conservation. In selecting materials for these erasures, I looked for plants that were accessible in the landscape during the month of October, and sought diversity of form, texture, colour, and botanical structures.

 

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