Forest for the Trees
I was first drawn to the delicate strokes of the images of Joseph's work. The lovely but haunting eyes. Both a sense of motion and a sense of profound stillness. A contrast to the rough beauty of the wood, the flat commercial stamped words on the large plywood. And I could feel myself drawn much deeper as if the animals were indeed there with me, alive. Each one holds so much story. A DNA of story. All of Joseph's work on these pieces holds so much story. It is our story, our world, our DNA. His hands hold the story out to us. I was pierced by love of his work and his story, his careful listening of the earth's story. The reminder that we are all here together. I feel changed by the experience of his work. And yet, each time I look at one, it is the beauty that draws me in. Stays deep in my heart.
Anna Linzer, poet and writer