When people think of batiks, many probably think of psychedelic wall hangings made in crafts class or at summer camp. They haven't seen Mary Edna Fraser's work.
Her hand-dyed canvases--some 8 feet tall or larger--depict the solar system, barrier reefs, hurricanes, tsunamis, oil spills, and melting glaciers in vibrant color and stunning narrative patterns.
To make batiks, removable wax is applied to fabric, creating areas that will repel dye while unwaxed areas absorb it. Much of Fraser's recent art represents her personal response to a warming planet.
"Current impacts of global change stir my scientific and … Read more