Root Shock II

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Pen and ink on paper made from trash and abaca


75” x 102” x 2”


The Root Shock series explores what will happen to our urban landscapes when the sea levels rise and, while we may be gone, the plants will prevail and grow out of our detritus. The term root shock refers to the emotional trauma a person experiences when his or her environment is devastated. Root shock can also apply to plants and the shock they experience when their environment is changed. This drawing imagines and merges our collective trauma with that of our environment as we slide together into uncertainty of life in an age of global warming.

About this Artist

Hannah Chalew

Hannah Chalew is an artist and educator from New Orleans. Her artwork explores what it means to live in a time of global warming with a collective uncertain future, and specifically what that means for those of us living in Southern Louisiana. Her practice explores the historical legacies that got us here to help imagine new possibilities for a livable future. She received her BA from Brandeis University in 2009, and her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2016. Chalew has exhibited widely around New Orleans and has shown around the country at Popps Packing, Hamtramck, MI, Dieu Donné, New York, NY; Asheville Museum of Art, Asheville, NC; Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA; and other venues. Her work is held in the collections of the City of New Orleans and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Her work is included in two creative atlases by writer…
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