Saint Louis 1988 & 1993
To make batiks, removable wax is applied to fabric, creating areas that will repel dye while unwaxed areas absorb it.
This batik, titled "Saint Louis 1988 & 1993," shows the junction of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers near St. Louis in 1988 (left), and again during the flood of 1993. Increased extreme-rainfall events are likely to become more frequent because of global change, according to geologist Orrin Pilkey, a Duke University professor emeritus of geology.
To research this piece, Fraser flew over the site in a jet and spent time on the ground by the rivers' edges. The city of St. Louis is indicated in red.
August 10, 2011 10:44 AM PDT
Photo by: Mary Edna Fraser
| Caption by: Leslie Katz
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