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The Earth Issue 002: IMPACT – a collaborative effort by The Earth Issue and Archive Collective.

Our second issue unpacks two forms of “impact”: both the positive and negative traces left by humanity on its natural environment in the context of the anthropocene, and the possibilities for environmentalist impact at the conjunction of art and activism.

As media consumption becomes increasingly fragmented, divisive, and delivered in indigestible portions of scrolling, statistics, news and op-eds, the simple act of switching off and pulling back from public discourse presents itself as an attractive alternative to the political fray. If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from our interviews with artists and ecologists while putting together this issue, it’s this: the most effective breed of environmentalism starts at home, so to speak, in cultivating a personal philosophy centered around applied ecology and purpose-driven, conscious engagement with one’s environment.

Hemlock Hospice is a year-long, art-based interpretive trail by David Buckley Borden, Aaron M. Ellison, and their team of interdisciplinary collaborators. This immersive site-specific science- communication project tells the story of the ongoing demise of the eastern hemlock tree at the hands (and mouth) of a tiny aphid-like insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) from Asia. Scientists project that the hemlock forests in Massachusetts will functionally disappear by 2025.

The Hemlock Hospice interpretive trail features 18 site-specific sculptures installed throughout a 200-year-old grove of hemlocks. While telling the story of the loss of eastern hemlock, the project addresses larger issues of climate change, human impact, and the future of New England forests. The project employs a model of landscape stewardship that combines installation art, public programming, and shared cultural experience.

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Artist Highlight: Rithika Merchant

Rithika Merchant (b. 1986) received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Parsons - The New School of Design, New York (2008). Since graduating, she has exhibited her work extensively, including a number of solo exhibitions in India, Spain, Germany, and the United States.

Merchant's works are an exploration of epics and myths across geography. She create mosaics of myths that question received histories that are available to us throughout culture. Derived from an attempt at self discovery and aimed towards solving contemporary strife; created by what we may describe as a conflict of civilizations, which is negated by locating a mythical strain of unanimity.  


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Emma Livingston is a British Argentine artist photographer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work has been in solo and group exhibitions in galleries, cultural centers and museums in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, the United States, France and Germany. Her photographs have been published in various international magazines including European Photograph, NextLevel, Lensculture and Loupe. She has won first prizes in the London Photographic Association and Px3 competitions, as well as been nominated a Discovery of the FOTOFEST Meeting Place and a PDN 30 Photographer to Watch in 2010 and 2009 respectively. She has been on a one month residency at the Vermont Studio Center in November 2017.

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