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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Dancing on the Last Stump

Professor Janette K. Hopper.

Twisting, turning, leaping, lifting arms; Death, life, destruction, creation
Sky, earth, air, water Humans, animals, stumps, brush; Response, avoidance, surface, depth; Silence, truth, dependency, conscious Conscience, light, dark.
Will the dance still go on though cacophonous, nonsyncronous, and perhaps futile? I’ve created a new myth but I don’t know the story. Narratives that are already old and overused may not serve us in the new millennium. Together, with a fresh consciousness, renewed spirits, and honesty, we might face up to beginning a solution.
My current oil paintings choreograph nudes in a stark dramatic scene where the nudes read as part of a myth with an urgent call to consciousness. Often as I drive through the countryside, I am struck by the particulars in the landscape that present themselves as a symbol for some greater truth that seems metaphorical or mystical or spiritual. Near Snoqualamie Pass not far from Seattle, Washington, I found the setting for my current series, “Dancing on the Last Stump.” After the area was logged, the land was covered with water. When the water goes down, it brings to view the sculptural forms of the old stumps and roots. I didn’t realize just how large they were until I hiked down closer. Seeing this spot, I was reminded that beauty often follows destruction.
I also was able to get some good stills of the performance. I will show slides of these stills. Drawing from these stills I have created a working drawing to use to make monotypes. Professor Ralph Steeds worked as my master printer advisor and technician through the process allowing me to focus on creating monotypes that explored a variety of ways of working, colors and ideas. I enjoy exploring a variety of medium and getting into a circular mode of inspiration where the process suggests the next and the next builds on into infinity. All of this work is about the power and destruction/creation of nature by natural and manmade means.


Professor Janette K. Hopper  (United States)
Associate Professor
Art Department Chair
University of North Carolina, Pembroke

Janette K. Hopper is presently the Art Department Chair at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She is known for her drawings, prints and paintings and performances. The works reflect her love of nature and of humankind. Her art has been purchased for public collections and included in juried exhibitions and one person shows regionally, nationally and internationally.

  • Environmental Concerns
  • Mythical Transformation
  • Relationship of Human to Nature

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)