A two-dimensional felted wool landscape of a cascading waterfall in a forest.

Adirondack Cascade

“Adirondack Cascade” 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, growing on thin soils in high-elevation conditions. 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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