Toxic Ecology




Risograph print


11” X 17”




This risograph prints combines the the John McDonogh tree in City Park with imagery of petrochemical infrastructure in Cancer Alley, the nickname for industrial corridor along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. This 800 year old oak tree, named after John McDonough, the prominent slave holder and white supremacist, is currently propped up by big wooden poles and in my drawing, I'm visualizing how the legacies of white supremacy from the time of enslavement uphold and make possible the exploitation of people and landscape in our current petrochemical age. This print was a study for the drawing Embodied Emissions. (Fifty percent of the sales go towards environmental justice organizations in Louisiana.)
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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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