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Wandering: Observations of Our Watershed

Wandering: Observations of Our Watershed

I am showing Mapping Our Watershed, the piece I created in collaboration with community members last summer, alongside four new egg tempera paintings made plein air in four local watersheds, in the exhibition WANDERING: Observations of Our Watershed at Fairmount Water...

We Are the River at Stockton University

We Are the River at Stockton University

My textile work Take Us to the River, which was co-created with community members during my residency at TaconyLAB in 2022, has been included in the exhibition We Are the River at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. The exhibition, curated by Ryann Casey and...

Material Time Exhibition at Park Towne Place

Material Time Exhibition at Park Towne Place

Four of my paintings inspired by research at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, as well as a new mixed media work, Timefulness (above), were included in the InLiquid exhibition Material Time at Park Towne Place in Philadelphia. Timefulness combines botanic tinted...

Mapping Our Watershed Culminating Celebration

Mapping Our Watershed Culminating Celebration

I am in the home stretch of creating the final artwork for Mapping Our Watershed. It combines four experiential map pieces I created based on my field visits to the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed at Renninger Park, Rock Lane, Tookany Creek Park, and High School...

Mapping Our Watershed: Field Notes From the Park(s)

Mapping Our Watershed: Field Notes From the Park(s)

In mid-May and mid-June, I conducted my third and fourth field visits. I first went to Tookany Creek Park, which forms the eastern border of Cheltenham Township; the creek is very wide here, and contained by a wall on one side. I was able to walk across the creek bed,...

Mapping Our Watershed: Capturing Water

Mapping Our Watershed: Capturing Water

Photography by Imrane Djibrine MainassaraI took a break from blogging about Mapping Our Watershed, but it was for a good reason--to complete my MFA with the Confluence MFA program at the University of New Mexico. The experiential maps I created based on my field...

Materials for Mapping Our Watershed: Foraged Clay

Materials for Mapping Our Watershed: Foraged Clay

Another material I am using in the artwork I am creating for Mapping Our Watershed-is natural, foraged clay. I have studied and made ceramics pieces at various points in my life, but the idea of making work from clay I sourced myself significantly increased my...

Mapping Our Watershed: the Qualities of Water

Mapping Our Watershed: the Qualities of Water

Photography by Joseph SimpsonOn Saturday, May 6th we had perfect weather--sunny, clear, not too hot or too cool--for Mapping Our Watershed's first workshop. We gathered at Ralph Morgan Park, a sliver of land bounding both sides of Tookany Creek, hemmed in by train...

Mapping Our Watershed: Field Notes from Rock Lane

Mapping Our Watershed: Field Notes from Rock Lane

Today I did my second field visit for Mapping Our Watershed, this time to a section of Tookany Creek that parallels Rock Lane, which runs between Elkins Park and Wyncote in Cheltenham Township. The eastern part of this section of creek is bordered by houses and a...

Materials for Mapping Our Watershed: Natural Pigments

Materials for Mapping Our Watershed: Natural Pigments

To create the artwork for Mapping Our Watershed, I am making materials from plants and soil, mostly collected, harvested, or foraged in the Philadelphia region where I live. I am going to feature these materials in a series of blog posts: first up, pigments. All paint...

Mapping Our Watershed: Field Notes from Renninger Park

Mapping Our Watershed: Field Notes from Renninger Park

Mapping Our Watershed is a project that's ultimately about encouraging people to connect more deeply with the waterways in their community. So a big part of this project is about spending time with the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford watershed in Cheltenham Township. To do...

Mapping Our Watershed: Community Science and Art in Cheltenham Township

Mapping Our Watershed: Community Science and Art in Cheltenham Township

I am excited to announce the launch of Mapping Our Watershed, a community-engaged art and ecology project in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania. I began planning this project during my first term in the Confluence MFA program. We were asked to share our “big idea”--the...

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