About this piece:
I created 2020 Conflagration in response to this year’s unprecedented wildfire season and the sudden mass die off of migratory birds in across the Western States. One million acres burned in my home state of Oregon alone. The wild fires disrupted the migration of many birds and forced them to reroute. An unseasonal cold weather event across the Rocky Mountain West due to climate change fatally disrupted the birds’ journey as well. A conservative estimation of tens of thousands of migratory songbirds died of starvation and exhaustion this past September. The black ink in this piece is made from burnt wood from the Holiday Farm Fire that burned over 140,000 acres of the McKenzie river watershed of temperate rain forest near my home in Western Oregon.
paper, ink made from burnt wood
About the artist:
Lives and works in Eugene, Oregon.
Susan Lowdermilk is a book artist and printmaker. She creates hand bound artist’s books involving movable parts, pop-ups. She works in traditional print processes and digital media. She is a professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. She also teaches workshops in artist’s books, paper engineering and printmaking. Her work has been collected by over 60 public institutions worldwide and is represented in galleries throughout the United States. She earned her MFA from the University of Oregon in Eugene, and her BFA from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.