Keith Perelli. Return, 2006-07.
Gable, 2007. Oil on paper, 8 x 11”.
Wound (detail of hand), 2006. Oil on paper.
The ideas and images generated for the series “Return,” catalogue a personal need to explore the immediate and lingering issues related to the sociological and ecological recovery of the Gulf region post hurricane Katrina. Beyond the profound photos that emerged within hours and weeks following the storm, I sought to grapple with the psychological and physically changed landscape through quiet reflection and observation of the figure and native plants. I believe that this journey of working offered a sense of healing and acceptance of the changed lives, communities and ecology of the region.
As former resident of St. Bernard parish, it is truly difficult to acknowledge and accept that the familiarity of home and community no longer exists. I hope that this work serves as a timeless reminder of the pressing need for ecological conservation and restoration of our natural resources. (by the artist)