Akua Lezli Hope
Southern Finger Lakes
United States of America
The Southern Finger Lakes Region of New York State includes urban areas but is predominantly rural, full of farms, fields and woodlands.
There are many species in our lands. The work includes red cardinal that sparks winter views, the black bear that lumber near my home, deer for the many that graze near and sometimes run past parked cars, and the ever-present squirrels. The maple and oak leaves stand for two of our indigenous trees, the tree represents my beloved native catalpa, whose heart shaped leaves and fragrant flowers appear each year outside my front door. Our currency included a 5-cent piece that used to bear the image of a bison — the American buffalo, and though they didn’t run in this region, its iconic head is included in this work.