Artists Respond to the Emerald Ash Borer
Opening Reception, September 19, 6-8PM
Wood from impacted ash trees was made available to six artists (Laurie Beck Peterson, Nancy Agati, Anthony Heinz May, John Kuiphoff, Brian Skalaski, and Janine Wang) to create new art works for the Schuylkill Center’s gallery and trails that call attention to and educate about the emerald ash borer and other threats to Philadelphia’s trees.
We All Fall Down: Artists Respond to the Emerald Ash Borer takes this unfortunate opportunity to make the impacts of this invasive insect more visible and understandable.
Laurie's work for We All Fall Down begins as a photographic survey of the pre-spring landscape - the trees marked for removal, the spaces left behind from the felled trees, the trees stumps that remain. These cyanotype prints on paper are then reimagined on the tree sections. Both prints and wood sections serve as markers for a significant point in environmental history.