“The Botany of Sacrifice” + Resident Printmakers Show

Botany of Sacrifice Image Susan Smith1Art of Susan Smith

An artist talk by Susan Smith for “The Botany of Sacrifice,” an interactive gallery installation takes place at Waterfall Arts in Belfast on Wednesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. Smith created the installation to bring attention to consequences of herbicide use. All are welcome to attend the reception and meet the artist.

Smith states that “In order to increase crop production, the use of herbicides to control weeds has, ironically, given rise to a race of “superweeds’, while exploiting human laborers. A system has been created that puts profit above individual well-being and locks farmers into unsustainable practices. The humans themselves, in this quest for abundance and perfection, become expendable, another mere resource.” She goes on to say that “The Botany of Sacrifice examines the thinking that has created these superweeds and practices; how what we attempt to eradicate returns to us with ever greater force. We must now make sacrifices to appease the angry gods we have raised. To counter this unbridled desire for control the installation uses the slow and mindful process of eco-print bundling to commemorate the laborers oppressed in the sacrificial cycle of commodification, and pays homage to the act of working with nature rather than against it.”

The installation includes eco-prints and several large paintings, each paired with a lawn chair and an herbicide sprayer. Smith will display the bound and unbound weed and cloth bundles she’s made; some of the bundles will be unraveled during the opening.

A new exhibit in the Corridor Gallery features the work of two printmakers who have done short residencies at Waterfall Arts this year. Julia Talcott is a printmaker residing in Boston where she teaches relief printmaking at the Maud Morgan Arts Center in Cambridge and the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. Her fine art work has won many awards and is included in the collection of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others.

Kris Sader is a printmaker and environmental site-specific installation artist.  As a printmaker she uses “Non-Toxic”, health and environment friendly, printmaking methods, which she helped research at the University of Maine. In addition to showing her work locally, nationally and internationally, she gives presentations on her work and teaches non-toxic printmaking techniques.

The two exhibits, which run through November 25, 2015, can be seen Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5 pm, during evening events and by appointment. Call 207.338.2222 to arrange.

Artist talks are scheduled: Kris Sader on Tuesday, September 30,and Julia Talcott on Wednesday, October 21. All talks, including the one with Smith, begin at 7 p.m. and admission is by donation at the door. Talcott will give a free woodcut printing demo during the monthly free open studio time on Thursday, October 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The exhibits are sponsored by Coyote Moon, the Belfast Coop and year-long sponsor Revision Energy. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. Visit waterfallarts.org for information on classes, studio rentals, exhibitions and community events.