“In the woods, the mask that society compels one to wear is cast aside, and the restraints which the thousand eyes and reckless tongues about him fasten on the heart, are thrown off, and the soul rejoices in its liberty and again becomes a child in action.” – Joel Tyler Headley
Elise Betrus. Hanging Egg Sac, 2013. Wood and glass.
Elise Betrus. Nested Egg Sac, 2013. Wood, glass, sand, bark.
Elise Betrus. Nested Egg Sac, 2013. Wood, glass, sand, bark. (Detail)
Elise Betrus. Origins, 2013. Wood, glass, sand.
Elise Betrus. Origins, 2013. Wood, glass, sand. (Detail)
Elise Betrus and Haley Jelinek. Home Roots, 2012. Wood, glass, light.
Elise Betrus and Haley Jelinek. Home Roots, 2012. Wood, glass, light. (Detail)
I base much of my work around the idea of why things and people are the way they are, and why differences
within experiences cause differences in outcomes. I examine this in people as well as in nature, because I feel
that in the case of people they are too often judged for being the way that they are and those judging do not stop
often enough to ask themselves why those being judged may be the way they are. I tie this to the idea of home
because home is where we are shaped into adults, and as children we have no say in where home is or who
mom and dad are, it is simply the nature of our origins. Likewise a tree does not get to decide what kind of tree it
will become it is born that way from a seed, and that seed will not choose where to start rooting based off of
anything other than survival. When we look at the whole picture we see that we are all simply human, no more,
no less, and that we all will one day die and the circle of life will continue. I would like to see more people
understanding that just because someone is “weird” or fat or dumb or smells bad, it doesn’t make them a bad
person, and they do not need to be looked down upon for such differences. For they are only human and nobody
is perfect, and I think we could all learn a lot from giving everyone an equal amount of acknowledgement in day
to day life. It can be as simple as a smile in passing, but it can represent an appreciation for all living things.
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