In this two-part feature on the Environment, artist Nina Elder, graphic designer Elizabeth Kaney, and report editor Kerri Arsenault examine the consequences of resource extraction in the River Valley.
In part I, Nina Elder presents her graphic series Present Ghosts: River Valley. The series reinterprets archival photographs of the community’s early development in order to draw attention to the construction, extraction, and abandonment that characterizes much of the region’s history. Through a series of drawings made with industrial pulp mill waste, she challenges us to look past capitalist development—from paper mills to reservoirs—by removing them altogether, allowing one to focus entirely on the environment. Her work provokes the question: What might it mean for the community to look beyond its industrial fabric? —Maine’s River Valley report editors
Read part II of the Environment feature here.