“I grew up on the outskirts of coal country, where mining is more than a job–it also brings a sense of self to those who work the mines. Coal has fallen out of favor in search of cleaner-energy–the job losses are as violent an extraction as the mining process itself.
But there is so much to e learned from this past of the united States in terms of identify and place. As a person plagued by placelessness, I am encouraged to constitute who I am based on where I am.
True miners seek wisdom buried somewhere deep beyond the reach of humans. We are reminded that there is wisdom to be found in the lands that have been politically and socially rejected. The people I know–the oneself the mountains and mines–are people who know and work the land, who seek to understand its ways and wisdom.”
-Scott Gunn, Forward Day By Day