Washington State Magazine

Fall 2010 cover

Fall 2010

Cultivated Landscapes

In This Issue...


Back to the city :: Agriculture is rooting its way back into the urban landscape. As King County's farm specialist, Steve Evans '78, '82 has watched agriculture disappear from the area. But now some of the land is going to smaller farms with high value crops. Meanwhile, small farms agent Bee Cha helps East African refugees farm in the urban Pacific Northwest. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Urban agriculture, Gallery 1 and Urban agriculture, Gallery 2 Scenes of urban farms and agriculture around Seattle and Tacoma. Photography by Zach Mazur '06. }

Cultivating new energy :: If only we could simply grow our own fuel. Washington State researchers are looking at the possibilities. by Eric Sorensen

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Slideshow: Renewable Energy from Wind }

The kinder, gentler orchard :: The Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 initiated the gradual phasing out of organophosphate pesticides. By 2012, the major chemical defense against wormy apples will no longer be available. But not to worry, thanks to a continuous refinement of Integrated Pest Management and collaboration amongst growers, industry fieldmen, and WSU researchers. by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Cultivated Landscapes Scenes around Washington by photographer Zach Mazur '06. }


One version of pastoral :: Shakespeare offers little in terms of convincing natural description. His Forest of Arden is praised for what it isn't rather than what it is. by Will Hamlin

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Erratic Boulders Boulders scattered around Waterville Plateau in north central Washington. Photography by Zach Mazur '06. }



:: FIRST WORDS : The Cultivated Landscape

:: SPORTS: Tools for training

:: IN SEASON: Walla Walla Sweets

:: LAST WORDS: Spiritual landscapes

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Grilling Walla Walla Sweet Onions }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Walla Walla Sweet Onions Photography by Chris Anderson. }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Pumping Up in the new WSU Weight Training Facility }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Clips from Back to the Garden From the documentary by Kevin Tomlinson '75 }

Cover illustration: Stone City West by Robin Moline.
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Last Words
<em>Ngamaloo</em>, 2008, acrylic on linen by Elizabeth Gordon (Balgo Hills region). <em>Courtesy WSU Museum of Art</em>


Ngamaloo, 2008, acrylic on linen by Elizabeth Gordon (Balgo Hills region). Courtesy WSU Museum of Art

<em>Kapi Pati Yalli</em>, 2000, acrylic on linen by Simon Hogan (Spinifex country). <em>Courtesy WSU Museum of Art</em>


Kapi Pati Yalli, 2000, acrylic on linen by Simon Hogan (Spinifex country). Courtesy WSU Museum of Art

Spiritual landscapes

© Washington State University

Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings

From the Collection of Margaret Levi and Robert Kaplan

WSU Museum of Art, October 1–December 11, 2010

Although the details and relationships vary amongst Australian Aboriginal groups, in the beginning the landscape of the world was formed by mythical ancestral beings. Every action of these ancestors had landscape consequences. According to the fine study Aboriginal Art by Howard Morphy, art establishes a connection with those foundational events, enabling people to maintain contact with a timeless spiritual dimension. Beginning in the 19th century, anthropologists trying to understand that relationship referred to “the Dreaming,” an exploration of the nature of the world. Not surprisingly, the translation is imperfect, and some Aborigines object to its use because the spiritual process is not dreaming, but reality. Nevertheless, art is both the means of access to Dreaming and also the product of Dreaming, resulting not only in laws, but maps.

For more information on this and other exhibitions and events at the WSU Museum of Art go to museum.wsu.edu.

Categories: Visual arts, Fine Arts | Tags: Aboriginal art, Australia

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