Hey there, "small a art" intern here, and this is my reductive linoleum cut called Louisiana Land Loss. I can't resist giving a brief introduction to it. This print was made after a trip to the bayous outside of New Orleans spring of 2014, where I had a glimpse of the impact that we've had on this bio-diverse hub. A tour guide made a passing comment about the disappearing shore lines as we passed a waterway for oil tankers that used to be solid land. Research showed it was much worse.
The red layer is a map of the land where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico in 1932. The black layer is what was left of the land in 2000. Strict leveeing of the Mississippi does not allow for natural reinforcement of the land by flooding, and oil tankers cutting through the bayou increase surface area for the land to wash away even more quickly.
Most devastating is the importance of this disappearing land on the migratory birds who stop in Louisiana on their way north from South and Central America. Southeast Lousiana is the first stop for hundreds of birds flying over 500 miles across the Gulf.
This piece was my reconciliation with this news and a mourning of the land as I physically removed it from my block.