Elements in Material: Myhr Creek Ridge
Myhr Creek Ridge is one of Minnesota’s 160 Scientific and Natural Areas, which preserve natural features and rare resources of exceptional scientific and educational value across the state in a wide variety of natural landscapes. I visited 10 of these places as part of a Minnesota State Arts Board visual artist’s grant and left swaths of raw silk submerged for weeks to stain them in these bogs, rivers and lakes. The pieces were then stitched, felted and printed with ink, beeswax and pigment to represent each site’s topography.
Myhr Creek Ridge straddles a 4-square mile bedrock hill overlooking Lake Superior. Patches of exposed bedrock dot the ridge. This site's fire-dependent plant communities include several woodland communities and dry rock outcrops. Scattered jack pine are in excess of 100 years old, whose form and character speak to the harsh site conditions.