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Topographies of Life: Pam Rogers, Lynn Sures, Mel Watkin

September 3-December 15, 2019
Curated by Jennifer Riddell
Presented by the AU Museum Project Space

Lynn Sures, The Hominin Site: Habitat, 2019.

Lynn Sures, 2017.25 The Hominin Site: Habitat, 2019. Colored pencil drawing on artist-made kenaf paper, 24 x 16 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Mel Watkin, Cross-Section: Hophornbeam, 2019.

Mel Watkin, Cross-Section: Hophornbeam, 2019. Pencil on multiple sheets of graph paper, 26 x 27.5 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Pam Rogers, The Children’s Hour, 2019.

Pam Rogers, The Children’s Hour, 2019. Plant and soil pigments from the Potomac basin, ink, graphite, merlot grapes, 14 x 11 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Using the medium of drawing to varied and distinctive effect, Rogers, Sures, and Watkin trace human connections to the natural world—across time and varied landscapes. The three artists work from both a consciousness of drawing’s ties to illustration and evidence; and, the medium’s unique ability to transmit the artist’s “hand” and personal response to their subject. From the deserts of Kenya, forests of the Midwest, to the Potomac watershed, these artists are deeply attuned to the mutually affecting relationship between the anthropological and natural worlds.