Refresh (Waterfall), 2007, 20” x 16”, gouache/Hahnemühle; water motif from Shãhnãmeh fragment, Tabrîz, 1370, Folio 65b, Tabrîz, Istanbul. Among the restorative elements in this series is water brought to a desiccated and decimated land.
Rehydrate I and II, 2008, 10” x 15”; water motif from illustration by Master Ahman Mûsâ in a Mi-râj-Nâmeh (“Book of the Mystical Ascension”), Tabrîz, second quarter of the 14th century, Topkapì Sarayì Museum Library, Istanbul. In Rehydrate I and II (2008), stylized waves from a 14th c. illustration for the Book of the Mystical Ascension lap impossibly at edges of craters in Lebanese roads bombed in 2006. Here, the transcendent merges with the mundane.
Susanne Slavick is an artist, curator, and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2015, she premiered UNLOADED, a touring multimedia group show that explores historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use, and impact of guns in our culture. As co-founder of 10 Years + Counting, an online resource developed to exposing the costs of war, she edited Out of Rubble (Charta, 2011) and curated a related traveling exhibit featuring international artists who respond to the aftermath of war. She has exhibited internationally, with solo shows at the Chicago Cultural Center, McDonough Museum in Youngstown, Accola Griefen Gallery in New York, and Bernstein Gallery at Princeton University. Slavick studied at Yale University, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Rome and Philadelphia. Her work has been recognized through fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She has published articles in: Cairo: Images of Transition (transcript Verlag 2013); Cultural Heritage and Arts Review; Cultural Politics; Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies; Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics; and AlterNet.
Rebecca Eland, poet and ballet dancer, lives in Boulder, Colorado. She received her BA from Naropa University, and her MFA from Saint Mary’s College of California. She teaches writing and composition and has taught English as a Second Language, and practicums on poetry and movement. Recent work appears in the Emerald Tablet Project, edited by Derrick Fenner from Boot Strap Press, Jacket2, and Spoon River Poetry Review. In 2014, she had the honor to join a group of poets in Scotland for the centennial celebration of John Muir, and the inauguration of The John Muir Way. They hiked 130 miles, planting trees native to Scotland and the Sierra Nevada. Presently, Rebecca is placing the finishing touches on a collection of poetry titled, Within the Hour.