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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.
Stored: Print Box G
UND Art Collections Repository
Two Google images of the midwest taken before and after the oil boom inspired this print. The two images illustrated the amount of light given off at night, which in turn shows the population of each area. Prior to the oil boom, there were only small dots of light in western North Dakota. It was shocking to me that the recent picture of light surrounding the Bakken oil fields was much larger than the twin cities. I had no idea they covered such a large area. By creating this print, I wanted the viewer to compare the size of the two areas as I did, to realize the vast amount of land covered by the oil fields.