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Exhibit/208 will exhibit Kelly Eckel’s new work based on soil ecology titled Below the Surface. The exhibit will open on October 8, 2021 and be on view through November 6, 2021 with a public opening reception on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 5– 8 p.m. Open Friday & Saturday 3 pm - 8pm or by appointment.

Soil is an underappreciated ecosystem. Leonardo da Vinci once said that we know more about the movements of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot. The soil is the skin of our planet which most people take for granted. Yet soil degradation has contributed to the end of many civilizations. It is vital to understand the systems in our environment so that we don’t degrade them. The work is an expression of joy that engages Eckel to move through the world in respectful manner.

The artworks on display are photopolymer etchings. The images originate from photographs captured under a microscope, her studio, on hikes, and at Natural History collections that Eckel collages into various shapes. She then transforms the images using an intaglio method, a labor-intensive and materially beautiful process, using light-sensitive etching plates that are inked and printed.

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