India ink on paper
(July 24, 2013) Meghan Fleming, McNeese State University associate professor of art, has an exhibition titled, "Fluid Land: Cartographic Drawings of a Southwest Louisiana Landscape," opening Friday, July 26, at Art Associates Gallery in the Central School Arts & Humanities Center at 809 Kirby St. in Lake Charles.
An opening reception for the exhibit - which runs through Aug. 22 - will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday for the public. The Art Associates Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The drawings in the exhibition are a part of a larger project, "Marsh Views," which Fleming has been working on for the past three years.
The goal of this project was to gather visual data of the marsh in Southwest Louisiana through photographic images, conduct research with wetland experts and produce a series of drawings about land loss and restoration, according to Fleming.
She used aerial maps of the marsh spanning from 1998 to 2010 as source material for her drawings. The project was part of a collaboration with the Louisiana Environmental Research Center at McNeese and was funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Grant.
Fleming said the relevance of this project stems from the immediate concern about the rapid deterioration of the marsh in Southwest Louisiana. "Interests in the marsh include not only the scientific and conservationist community but also the wider regional community as a whole. Since the hurricanes of 2005, the Louisiana wetlands have received national attention and interest. It is my hope that the work will provide an artistic response and visual dialogue to the dire situation in the marsh."