About this piece:
You Cannot Put a Fire Out woodcut print was modeled after the most destructive wildfire season in California history. The “Camp Fire” destroyed the city of Paradise on November 8, 2018. The 2020 fire season was also unprecedented. Over one million acres burned in my home state of Oregon and four million acres burned in California. This piece was created as my response to our increasing climate instability and our defenseless against powerful natural forces. A poem by Emily Dickinson about the ultimate power of nature is laser cut into back of the print.
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.