Radical Joy Revealed
October 28, 2015

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Jack Rossi's
"Beauty and the Beast" by Jack Rossi. Photo by Meg Brazill
This fall's exhibition of outdoor sculpture at King Farm in Woodstock, Vermont was dedicated to the theme of "Intersections: Our Natural and Synthetic Worlds." The project was sponsored by ECO-Visions, an enterprise for exploring solutions to ecological problems through art. For his contribution to the exhibit, Jack Rossi, who along with Sharon Earn founded ECO-Visions, created "Beauty and the Beast." Tiny globs of bright crimson plastic seem to ooze and sprawl around a large ash tree, giving the impression that the tree is bleeding, or perhaps that it has been invaded by a lethal bacteria. Although the work was inspired in part by Rossi's concern for the trillions of pieces of plastic floating in the oceans of the Earth, it also makes visible the wounds of the natural world, which humans often fail to see until it is too late.

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