Adirondack Cascade

“Adirondack Cascade” (40″x21″, 2021) is a celebration of the rugged beauty of the Adirondack Park, the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States. In the summer of 2017, I enjoyed the opportunity to live in the park for six weeks, as I climbed the region’s 46 highest peaks. Perhaps the most challenging of those peaks was Cliff Mountain, which is trail-less and summited by scrambling up a series of rock faces. Before the white-knuckled ascent, hikers approach the peak alongside Uphill Brook, the subject of this felting.

In this piece, as in upstate New York, the land is the focus, with just a sliver of sky visible above the trees. Spruce, fir, and birch trees border the brook. On its way to the Opalescent River and eventually to the Hudson River and New York City, frigid water cascades over worn, algae-covered boulders. These pristine waters will quench the thirst of people for years to come, just as they have for millennia.

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