to old growth forest and whole women
Extinction Witness’s first regeneration project is a tribute to old growth forest and whole women. The project title is conceived from the concept of intact forests and the original sense of Virgin.
“Virgin” originated from the Greek and Latin word “Virgo,” or maiden. It was used often in Greek mythology to classify several goddesses. Virgin was a label of strength and independence that described the goddesses who were immune to the temptations of Dionysus, Greek god of seduction and wine. - Palo Alto Medical Foundation
This regeneration project includes two short photo documentary films, Wildfire a love story (2013) and Virgin (work in progress), and a proposal to create a memorial site in what is now the North Grove of Calaveras Big Trees State Park, home to “the big stump” or “the big base” as we like to say.
‘Wildfire a love story’ depicts an intimate exploration of the soul’s lovemaking and the power of love to psycho-spiritually regenerate individuals.
Wildfire is purposed to raise awareness of wildfire’s role in the regeneration of sequoia and to encourage the memorial grove at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California.
The proposal submitted to Calaveras Big Trees State Park can be read here. The California Department of Parks and Recreation is reviewing the proposal but does not plan to take any action towards implementing any of the three phases at this time. Further study and evaluation is needed and implementing the proposal may require amendments to the Park’s General Plan last reviewed publicly in 1984. Our next step is to review the General Plan and continue the conversation.
Virgin (anticipated 2014) is a short haunting portrait of many voices gathered in a chorus of love in motion. The pre-production of Virgin began in November 2013. Virgin celebrates women and trees, while calling women and men together for the urgent protection and regeneration of forest ecosystems.
Virgin draws attention to both forest protection and forest regeneration projects. Among them is TreeSisters, a registered charity that supports women to harness creativity, connections, and resources directed toward tree planting projects in the tropics.
Please be in touch with me if you would like to learn more about Virgin and/or make a financial contribution to Extinction Witness toward its completion.