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[Photo Story] ‘When the Bough Breaks’ Exhibit Grapples With Climate Emergency

A new exhibit has graced Art Alley in the HUB-Robeson Center. “When the Bough Breaks,” organized by Susanne Slavick, features mixed-media artwork exploring the climate that surrounds us, shelters us, and weathers our abuse.

The featured artwork depicts our interactions with nature, both positive and detrimental.

“Les Demoiselles (The Great Outdoors),” Zoe Charlton
Details of “Les Demoiselles (The Great Outdoors),” Zoe Charlton

Accompanying each artwork is a relevant poem, guiding the viewer’s thought through the artists’ perceptions of nature.

“Phantom Limbs: Sentimental Void,” Patricia Bellan-Gillen
Details of “Phantom Limbs: Sentimental Void,” Patricia Bellan-Gillen

As the viewer moves around the room, the impacts of human intervention upon our world become more and more apparent.

“Recuperation: Nocturnal,” Susanne Slavick; “New Forest,” Ellen Harvey
Details of “New Forest,” Ellen Harvey
Details of “Recuperation: Nocturnal,” Susanne Slavick

The artists depict discarded technological items, graffiti, and simple construction with natural materials.

“Flotsam,” Denise Burge
Details of “Flotsam,” Denise Burge

“When the Bough Breaks” perfectly combines the beauty of nature with the devastating result of human activity.

“Elegy to the Underground”, Sarah Slavick
Details of “Elegy to the Underground,” Sarah Slavick
“Tree Graffiti,” Alex Lukas

The exhibit will remain open in the HUB through May 9.

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