William T.  Carson - Sculptures and Art & Wall Decor
William T.  Carson
William T. Carson

William T. Carson

Santa Fe, NM

"I aim to change the way people think about coal."
My work is inspired by my relationship with coal. I spent my childhood on a cattle ranch in Montana’s Powder River Basin, which is the most productive coal mining region in the country. Growing up I was intrigued by the contrast between the pristine, wild nature of the ranchland and the sculpted, manipulated nature of the strip mines.
In 2014 a mining company was proposing to build a massive new strip mine near my family’s ranch. 90 miles of new railroad were to be built over fertile, family-owned farmland to service this new mine. My father and I followed the entire proposed route of the railroad on a horsepacking expedition, witnessing the landscape and discussing the potential development with communities along the way. The work I am making is a reaction to my experiences with coal from my childhood and this horsepacking expedition.
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