Shelter from the Storm Nicole Dextras Blackberry, willow, and steel
Working predominantly with the green materials nature provides, my work is impermanent and ephemeral. My objective is to witness the changes in color, texture and growth that mark the weathering of time, the temporal quality of our lives, and the human relationship to the environment. This domed structure emulates the natural arch of the invasive and prolific blackberry vine prevalent in the Northwest. While this sculpture echoes the use of thorn-bearing plants to protect and exclude property, it also speaks to the fundamental need for shelter for the many homeless. Like blackberry plants, the homeless often survive in abandoned lots, alleyways and roadsides. The thorns remain to evoke the pain and sacrifice inherent in living on the margins of society.