Woodcut, Etching & Screenprinting on Evolon; Screenprinting on metal leaf-laminated Japanese papers.
In the mid 1980’s, exploratory drilling began in the remote wilderness area where I was born, have lived and worked since childhood. Residents later discovered that mineral rights in this sensitive region had been sold and exploration activities had begun. The terrain where these large mineral deposits exist sits upstream of the inhabited areas of the region: the rivers that host the world’s largest salmon runs. Regional and Global awareness of the potential implications to the region went largely unmentioned for over two decades. More recently, the profiles of some of these potentially devastating development projects have risen, due to their staggering scope. The specter of large scale extraction in the wilderness weighs on my mind and inspires an urgency to protect the watershed that is so precious to me.
I am working on a series of large woodcut panels that each depict one of the rivers that feed Bristol Bay. The rivers are depicted as iconic figures--large, dramatic maps that are meant to personify the power and significance of each body of water. I am reversing the usual pattern of visual cultural appropriation by using western religious symbols to point out the spiritual importance of these rivers. I use prints as elements in outdoor installations, and would like to develop several ways to show the rivers in distinct environments to diverse audiences. Because printed images such as these, which are made of woodcuts, etching plates and screenprints, can be formally explored over and over again, The work is exhibited in new formats as it develops. One staircase iteration of this installation was exhibited at Print Austin, February 2018. This chapel like version was awarded an honorarium by the Anacortes Arts Festival. This body of work has also recieved public funding from the Arts of Office and Culture in Seattle, as well as, being a 2017 award recipient of the GAP Grant. A large scale staircase installation is planned for the University of Wyoming later this fall. To follow my installation work, visit my websites,
www.margotbmyers.com and www.runaway.press.
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