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Oil/Water Exchange Portfolio, Art & Design Study Collection
This print is part of a portfolio of artworks addressing the use or misuse of our natural resources. Whether dealing with issues of flooding and diversion in the Red River Valley or oil development and fracking on the Bakken Oil Formation, printmaking students and faculty from Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minot State University, North Dakota State University, the University of Manitoba, the University of North Dakota and Valley City State University tackle challenging issues through the fascinating medium of printmaking.
Gorecki Alumni Center
Lisa York received her M.F.A. in Visual Arts with an emphasis in ceramics from the University of North Dakota.
A form made with the intention of being used opens an opportunity for the user to interact with ceramics through everyday living. The lithograph is a print of these containers that foster a symbiotic relationship between the users, as well as between user and the maker, building a stronger community. The two ewers sit in a landscape that represents the underground aquifers and the oil deep down in the rock layers. A neutral image that could be used as a conversation starter about social and economic issues revolved around oil and water in North Dakota.