Ansley West Rivers’s series ‘Seven Rivers’ – “a depiction of the highlights, the beauty, degradation, triumph, solitude and the numerous unseen changes occurring on all rivers in the world, and the importance of watersheds as maps, for they tell the story of civilization past and present.”
Through investigating the current state of the landscape of each of seven rivers that across the United States — the Colorado, Missouri/Mississippi, Columbia, Rio Grande, Tuolumne, Altamaha, and the Hudson, the artist takes us on a journey to remind that rivers are the life sustaining veins of our earth.
“We stand at a precipice in the history of water. How we approach the health and use of our rivers now will determine the lifespan of fresh water. Rivers across the world are experiencing changes in water levels, temperature, wildlife and saltwater intrusion. The series depicts images that are simultaneously beautiful and haunting in an attempt to challenge the viewer’s perspectives on the landscapes that sustain us.”