Artist Update:Listening to Ravens with Beth Surdut
La troca (the truck)– the older rounded forms mimic the languid curves and patinas of this high desert and mountains that color my soul. In Alaska, Mark has been caring for ravens and eagles for the past 16 years. Although there are certainly professional nature photographers with admirable patience, skill, and talent, this man’s love is uniquely communicated through his actions and photographic documentation of his avian friends. His photographs and the stories he tells me gave flight to this drawing Ten Generations as well as The Ravens of Truth and Memory which nods to the Norse God Odin’s raven.
Mark writes: I must say I think your drawing of Raven is the best that I have seen yet…
Raven flew over the office of the apartment complex where I worked. I put some meat out for him and soon he came down and got it. Next, he brought his partner and although she was much more tentative they both started stopping by each day. I started to develop a call that sounded like the male Kushka calling to the female Feathers. After time, when I called, they would come down off the mountain. That summer, I noticed that they brought their fledge down to my truck and from that time on I became their babysitter.
After 10 generations of fledges, I believe the original couple moved on and now all their children come back in the winter to live nearby cause they know I will have food for them if times get bad. More here
- Beth Surdut
Planet Beth, The World, United States
- Visual storyteller creating a new mythology while listening to ravens, paddling with gators– drawings,paintings,prayer shawls tallit),healing head scarves, product design,culinary art fro m the kitchen,stories and commentaries for print and radio media
Listening to Ravens http://surdut.blogspot.com/
Art for the mind and body at www.bethsurdut.com