SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing is a socially engaged art project by artists Francesca Fiore and Hillary Wagner with the help of poet Matthew Kosinski. The project is in partnership with Empower Youth, an organization committed to interrupting cycles of poverty among the youth of Bethel, Ohio.
Together with Empower Youth, SOIL SERIES aims to re-establish networks of nourishment in Bethel and establish the 15-acre Empower Youth Ranch as a site for expanded access to nutritious food, cultural programming, and mentorship at the intersection of art and agriculture. Calling on Bethel’s history of subsistence farming and rich Appalachian heritage, the artists of SOIL SERIES have developed “social drawing” as a methodology that intimately understands place, building upon existing community networks in order to identify and develop new pathways towards health, knowledge, resources, and support.
SOIL SERIES Artists:
Francesca Fiore is an artistpoet from Pennsylvania whose process-based work includes research, performance, video, installation, and text. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Her hybrid visual/poetic projects explore familial intimacies, representations of memory, history, and the unfolding of time.
Hillary Wagner is an artist from Bethel, Ohio, a village in Clermont County where her family farmed for generations. She received her MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design and a BA in Fine Arts from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She primarily works in sculpture and installation, but also in video, sound, photography, text, and drawing. Driven by a strong relationship to materiality, her work deals with questions of origin and place, memory and labor, stewardship and nurture; and how these concerns intersect with her feelings of alienation and displacement.
Matthew Kosinski is a poet from New Jersey. He holds an MFA from The New School. His work deals with appropriated text, stock photography, religion and myth, the convergence of image and object, socioeconomic disenfranchisement, and manufactured desires.
Read Matt’s poetic contributions to the project here.
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