Two Directions

2019. Dimensions: 4ft x 2 1/2ft. Materials: Acrylic Paint and Sharpie on Canvas

There are only two cardinal directions
away from Kentucky
and back to Kentucky.
-Misty Skaggs

Two Directions is meditation on solastalgia, which is defined as “A form of homesickness one gets when one is at home, but the environment is changed”. The philosopher Glenn Albrecht created this concept to describe the physiological damage people face as it relates to their sense of place and understanding of home when the physical reality of climate change and mass environmental destruction alter the landscape in irreversible ways. Living in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina is a reminder to me both of the beauty throughout this region and what has been destroyed in a state I call home.