Todd Gilens talks about the READING FOREST project, an artwork celebrating the wisdom and resilience of forests, created in conjunction with the National Forest Foundation. Todd’s Reading Forest project consists of a series of drawings of imagined tree growth rings, made of earth pigments and ink. As part of this year’s Visions of the Wild Festival, the drawings are featured at the Temple Arts Loft gallery on Virginia Street.
Todd Gilens is a visual artist using writing, drawing and photography, and creating site-integrated projects for urban audiences. Projects develop around existing physical structures, which become metaphors for broader themes such as forest ecology, handwriting, population dynamics or water systems. He holds a masters degree in landscape architecture from the Harvard Design School and his website is www.toddgilens.com.