Anger toward the Forest Service has been smoldering for a century. Raging wildfires brought it roaring to life.
by Alicia Inez Guzmán June 8, 2022
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Pola Lopez, with her dog, Chiquita, contemplates the remains of a ponderosa pine grove on family property in Tierra Monte. photo credit: Michael Benanav/Searchlight New Mexico
Art Inspired by Fire
This body of work is dedicated to the death of trees, old growth timber and young budding arboles, dedicated to the wildlife and the civilized that were affected by the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon fire in April of 2022, that raged through our land, Terre Mote, near Rociada, New Mexico.
The idea is to document these elements, so as to never forget. If it is not documented, it is as if they never existed.
It is an offering, una ofrenda, in honor and love for these earth entities, now transformed into nature spirits.
In my lifetime, I will never again see my beloved land, mi terreno sagrado, as it was in its untouched splendor, but my art will serve as a creative way to walk with her through this trauma, and my tears will fall on the ground and start the healing and she will know I am still with her and she has my heart as always….mi tierra madre.