Visiting Artist Series: Erin Wiersma, John Sabraw, Terry ConradThursday, 22 April, 2021
Join a panel discussion moderated by COD Associate Professor of Art David Ouellette.
Erin Wiersma's artistic practice focuses on the body's capacity to absorb and respond to an environment. Based in the Flint Hills of Kansas, she is creating works on paper with the land at the Konza Prairie Biological Station, one of the few remaining protected grasslands in the world. This body of work has fostered recent interdisciplinary and community-based collaborations.
Terry Conrad is interested in the community aspects of printmaking and the trace materials found within the landscape. In 2014, he was awarded a grant to develop the Adirondack Forum, a collapsible venue made of old printing blocks and other found wood that functioned as a meeting place, performance space and classroom. In 2018, he joined a Scientific Research Cruise on the Robert Gordon Sproul, to sample benthic foraminifera in the Santa Barbara Basin on a trip funded by the National Science Foundation.
Artist, activist, and environmentalist, John Sabraw was born in Lakenheath, England. Sabraw’s paintings, drawings and collaborative installations are produced in an eco-conscious manner, working toward a fully sustainable practice.
Sabraw works with environmental engineer and Ohio University Professor Guy Riefler to remediate streams polluted by abandoned coal mine seepage, in southeastern Ohio. At the lab, they extract iron oxide from the toxic acid mine drainage (AMD) and neutralize the water’s acidity. They then return the resulting clean water to the streams. The team creates pigment from the iron oxide, ranging in hues from yellow to brown to red to black.