Dr. Susan Smith talks us through her faculty art exhibit called Radical Gardening: practice-based research, 2022, which is on display in Lord Hall at the University of Maine until March 17, 2023. Her mobile lab display unit is focused on soils, water and plant matter gathered from known sites contaminated with PFAS or "forever chemicals," from Maine to Texas.
Inspired to stop using toxics in her artwork, Dr. Smith strives to creating her art with sustainable materials from the earth, found, grown and recycled.
Susan Smith, is an Associate Research Professor of Art and serves as the Coordinator for the Graduate Art Program in Intermedia at the University of Maine in Orono, ME. Find her on Instagram@slsmithstudio.
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