My first project: East/West Fir
This project was conceived in Canada and then adapted to the Mongolian landscape. It consists of three rings, which represent the diameter of old growth Douglas Firs. The smallest ring represents the size of Douglas Firs today and the second and third outer rings serve as a reminder of the giant forests, which were logged a hundred and fifty years ago when the white man first set eyes on the shores of Vancouver. By contrast the smaller the Siberian Fir tree native to Mongolia is symbolized by a series of circular felt pieces in the center. My aim with this work is to speak to the long-term effects of industrial logging. Even though this area of the Northern Gobi is a natural desert, it serves as an example of the erosion and eventual desertification of soil caused by clear-cut logging.