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Cactus
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Marker on cardboard 2007
Cactus among brush
Cactus among brush with street lamp
See photo of scene
Oil pastel & marker on cardboard
Cactus along fence line
Cactus along fence line
Marker on cardboard 2007

Cactus
Acrylic on thin paper
Yellow cactus
Yellow cactus
Oil pastel & colored pencil on cardboard
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Oil pastel on cardboard
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Oil pastel and pen on cardboard
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Cactus
Sharpie & colored pencil on cardboard 2007
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Late 2006 to early summer 2007, I took 20,000 digital photographs of cactus. The 'cactus patch' is located along a fence line next to a creek 2 miles from my house. Surprisingly, the photographic work did not translate into much art. I was working on cardboard at the time, so these pieces are on cardboard.

Cactus lives a raw and ugly life mangled anywhere it can grow. As cactus grows taller, it finally topples over. At first the fallen plants seem doomed, but in fact new roots grow when a cactus pad touches ground. So a fallen cactus is actually migrating to new soil. I saw amazing similarities between the rugged turmoil of cactus and life in modern cities. I came to love the cactus patch, but stopped going, realizing that one day it would be bulldozed so a dumpster could sit proudly behind a strip center. To stall the planet's doom, I took pieces of fallen cactus to the house and now have a small cactus patch of my own.
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