The Meadow After the Climb
 
The Meadow After the Climb

State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection

Collage

Collage

20 x 16

Traveling Exhibit Program...

2015

2016.76

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A few years ago I took up mountain biking. We ride from our house near Liberty Park, and head up towards the Shoreline Trail through Memory Grove and up City Creek. The trail then turns into single track that winds steeply up, climbing 1250 feet eventually arriving in Morris Meadow. The view from there is beautiful, the valley and the Great Salt Lake behind us and the Boneville Shoreline trail continuing ahead, briefly dropping down and then climbing up through a meadow towards a grove of trees. This is ‘The Meadow After the Climb’. It changes dramatically through the year, in the Spring the grass is green and full of flowers. I always feel an astonishing high of optimism at this time of year, the whole summer stretching ahead of me, hours and hours of time in the mountains to look forward to. As the Summer arrives the grass gets much taller, the paths dryer and heavily trodden. We ride in every spare moment, after work until its dark, on the weekends early or late in the day to avoid the heat. Then the grass starts to dry and turn that beautiful golden Naples Yellow. Many times I’ve got to the top of the climb, seen the meadow and tried to burn the image into my mind. The way the path breaks into two then three tracks, and weaves back into one before it disappears into the trees. The way the grass is brushed in different directions. The colors, that change so dramatically depending on the time of year, the time of day, and the weather. Most of my collages are abstractions of a place I love, or something Ive seen that impacts me emotionally in some way. My work is primarily landscape based. The wild places- the mountains and deserts of Utah, that’s where I most want to be. I feel incredibly lucky to have access to these places, that I can get on my bike and ride from my home in the city, up into wilderness. It’s essential that we protect these places.