Art critic Peter Schjeldahl contends that any given artwork can be understood as an expression of a personal desire. Writer and visual artist Teju Cole argues that all artists are after the same thing: that which resists expression. With both sentiments I concur. I believe that Schjeldahl and Cole’s contentions presuppose that art is rooted in an artist’s love of and reverence for ideas, principles, things and people.

I made multiple soulful journeys to glaciers in Rocky Mountain National Park and Glacier National Park. I retraced my steps back to these glaciers over subsequent years. I witnessed glaciers calve, melt, and ebb over time. The heart of my research lies in bearing witness to catastrophic changes to some of the world’s last wild places. My goals are simple: bring awareness and cause action. At times, I have felt my work feeble, my contentions ill conceived, and my energy misplaced. There are wild places today that my children will one day only experience as diminished spaces. At the toughest moments this knowledge generates a pervasive sorrow that looms over me. However, the natural world is a restorative entity that is hardwired into our being. My journeys have taught me that beauty and wonder still exist. When confronted with these two feelings, love can be stirred within us. On a personal level, love can nourish one’s soul. And a people’s collective love can be a fierce cultural force for change.

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Todd Anderson
Assistant Professor, Head of Printmaking Area
Art Department
College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities
Clemson University

Todd Anderson was born in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. Anderson received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Anderson apprenticed in multiple print studios over the course of many years, eventually becoming a fine art collaborative printer in his own right. For the last decade he has worked as a university professor. With 100+ unique exhibitions to his credit, Anderson is an active artist. His artwork has been acquired broadly, including The Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, the New York Public Library, the Robert B. Haas Family Art Library at Yale University, the U.S. Library of Congress, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Anderson resides in Clemson, South Carolina, with his wife, two children, and dog.