part of the ongoing series summer library
August 29 - September 12, 2021
Rachel Eng is a professor at Dickinson College, primarily teaching courses focused in ceramics and 3D mediums. In her own work, she undertakes projects that employ clay, video projections, and sounds to create layered and contemplative pieces as well as compositions using found materials. Change, decay, and regeneration are central content to these artworks and her work grapples with topics – such as climate change and land use/development – and their connection to memory.
See full details about the Summer Library project, including other Librarians' work, here.
The Reciprocity Library
"Plants are also integral to reweaving the connection between land and people. A place becomes a home when it sustains you, when it feeds you in body as well as spirit. To recreate a home, the plants must also return.” – Robin Wall Kimmerer
A collection of books that speak to humans' relationship to plants, land, and the groomed/ungroomed spaces we inhabit. A library to spur questions about what plants we value, eat, grow, sell, and how they have impacted our past, present, and future. What lives were displaced or exploited in these processes, and how in the present can we have a more reciprocal relationship with our planet and each other, than one of just extraction.
Visitors are welcome to take a plant with them, nurture it and provide it a home. In place of the plant, feel free to share a drawing or writing of a memory, a thought or a question, about one's relationship to land.