Josh Keyes - Roaming Woods
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20"x24" // Acrylic on birch panel
Josh Keyes created this painting for the second incarnation of Antler Gallery's show "Unnatural Histories" in 2013.
With great antlers ending in hazelnut branches, this descendant of the Roosevelt elk (Cervus Canadensis Roosevelti) roams abandoned urban and outlying areas traveling primarily in small herds. They use their branched antlers to envelop and entwine abandoned structures such as cars, monuments, and street signs wrapping them in a shroud of vines and green leaves. Hazelnuts that fall from the antlers occasionally land on pockets of dirt and soil, and begin to germinate and grow into trees. Many areas that were once urban wastelands have been reclaimed and transformed by the Roaming Wood herds, and have grown into vast forest wilderness, providing a safe habitat for a variety of wildlife.