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6 Kenneth E. Tyler, “Experimental Approaches to Paper in Art,” in Paulette Long, ed., Paper Art and Technology: Based on Presentations given at the International Paper Conference held in San Francisco, March 1978 (San Francisco: World Print Council,1979) 90.

7 Tom Bannister, “Why People Make Paper by Hand,” Hand Papermaking (July, 1998) 43.

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art, local culture and place, and is interpreted via my personal practice of reading, listening and looking. It is a part of a growing consciousness and responsibility towards the land, through a focus on my local landscape’s abandoned sites. We created these places of industrial production and allowed them to fall into ruin. These decaying structures are “evidence of human life, poorly founded, played out and gone” as Wendell Berry, a writer on agrarian awareness articulates.8 The prints exist as a conversation with and about these abandoned landscapes, these forbidden places that are our culture’s darkest legacy. My work starts a conversation about the condition of the land with the hope of change.

 8 Wendell Berry, Imagination in Place (Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2010), 15.

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Bannister, Tom. “Why People Make Paper by Hand,” Hand Papermaking July 1998.

Berry, Wendell. Imagination in Place. Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2010.

Hunter, Dard. Papermaking: The History and Technique of an Ancient Craft. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1974.

Lippard, Lucy. The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society. New York:

The New Press, 1997.

Sloan, Kim. Alexander and John Robert Cozens: The Poetry of Landscape. London: Yale University Press, 1986.

Stella, Frank. Working Space. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1986.

Stewart, David. Alma Plantation Manager, personal tour of Alma Plantation, 18 Nov. 2010.

Tyler, Kenneth E. “Experimental Approaches to Paper in Art,” in Paulette Long, ed., Paper Art and Technology: Based on Presentations given at the International Paper Conference held in San Francisco, March 1978. San Francisco: World Print Council, 1979.

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May Ann Babcock was born in Massachusetts and raised in Thompson, Connecticut. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut in Storrs,Connecticut.

Directly after graduating, she moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to enroll in the graduate printmaking program at Louisiana State University.


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