Within the Bittersweet

Allison Grant

2018 - Ongoing

Within the Bittersweet is a dark pastoral examination of motherhood and the landscape as sites of connection to the Anthropocene. The photographs in the series were taken in and around my West Alabama home where dense vegetation and natural beauty belie the increasingly alarming escalation of climate change. Amid thick greenery, chemical and fossil fuel industries dot our region, spreading particulates and toxins across the terrain and into our bodies and the atmosphere. In my artwork, the dark realities of the landscape we live in are interlaced with representations of my deep love for my children and the physical world around us—a living landscape of incredible complexity that my daughters are only just coming to know. The climate crisis will undoubtedly reshape the world they inherit, and in my artwork I negotiate the beauty and heartbreak of raising them on a wondrous planet in the midst of change.

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  • Thinking Child

  • Paper Mill Stacks

  • Petroleum Coke Storage Near the School

  • Alone on the Path

  • Log Yard, Georgia Pacific Paper Company

  • Shadow Mother

  • Back Yard

  • Coal Road

  • Acid Mine Drainage

  • Playing Alone

  • Winter Burn

  • Ruptured Dam

  • Long Summer Shadow

  • Coal Pond Near Mines

  • Watching

  • A Chemical Fire Buns 800 Feet from my Children's School

  • In the Vines

  • After School

  • Slurry Runoff

  • Sisters