Jamie Walters Kessler’s series Appalachian Alchemy explores themes of folk culture, social justice, and American identity. Kessler’s interest in the beauty and spirituality of the American landscape and its connection to the controversies, contradictions, and complexities of American history is explored in a series of stain-based paintings created with dyes from materials foraged from the natural landscape. From the series Appalachian Alchemy paintings such as The Dignity of Labor, Tin Can Curls And A Factory Cough, Minor Gods of the Backwoods, and Barefoot on Rattlesnake Mountain Kessler consider the hardships and sublimity of life as it relates to the physical landscape and its connection to the socio-political history of America.
Barefoot on Rattlesnake Mountain
Minor Gods of the Backwoods
painting made from pokeweed berries, Virginian red clay soil, mulberry, river water, and wildflower
Tin Can Curls and a Factory Cough
painting made from pokeweed berry, wild mulberry, wildflower, and river water
40in x 40in
The Dignity of Labor