WordWrap: Swimming Upstream

A public art project celebrating rivers, restoration and environmental advocacy in Maine.

From 2017-19, I made 22 new WordWraps  celebrating rivers, restoration and environmental advocacy in Maine as part of a summer public art project supported by Waterville Creates! in Waterville, Maine. For WordWrap: Swimming Upstream I created a series of text/image art prints that reflect on political, social and scientific issues surrounding the cleanup of the Kennebec and other rivers in Maine. I interviewed scientists, activists, and long-time residents about their work. I also conducted photoshoots and historic research to create this waterproof art series. The first installation had such a positive impact that a few participants found funding to bring it back for three more installations and add more prints. Full credits and details on the project website.

Featured project on ‘The Nation OppArt,‘ curated by Andrea Arroyo, July, 2022.

In 2019, I added new prints to WordWrap: Swimming Upstream and two sets of the exhibition were shown in Gardiner, Maine and Augusta, Maine starting in April and continuing through the September (in Augusta). I am grateful for the support of Kennebec Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited, Upstream, and Augusta Parks and Recreation for hosting and supporting this exhibition in Maine in 2019.

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