SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing is a project developed 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.
Establishing this formerly-agricultural Appalachian community as the site of their expansive “social drawing”, the artists of SOIL SERIES have developed a methodology towards community health through a deep investigation of place starting at the level of the soil. Identifying soil as the connective vein through which nutrients travel to the land and its inhabitants, SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing seeks to reestablish networks of nourishment, imagining the artistic act as one of connecting, understanding, bridging, and building.
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.
He likes Drake a lot.