Storage Tanks Carrollton, OH

Commencement Week

It is Commencement Week at the University of Iowa! To celebrate, all week long the Daily Palette will feature the work of talented MA and MFA students in the UI School of Art & Art History!

Storage Tanks Carrollton, OH, Archival Inkjet Print, 20" x 24", 2014

M Katie White is pursuing an MFA in Photography from the University of Iowa.  She received her BFA with an emphasis in Photography at The University of Akron in Ohio.  She is a social political photographer and most of her work relates to environmental disturbances.

About her work:

M Katie White writes about Hydraulic Fracking: "This body of work shows the beauty of nature contrasted against the destructive impact of human progress.  Most of the images depict natural landscapes with subtle human alterations, their machinations quietly blending into a living aesthetic.  Hydraulic fracking is one such subtle incursion, its true impact hiding below the earth, out of sight.  Unknown chemicals and detergents mix with water and silica sand pumped into the ground to reach new sources of oil, destroying groundwater in the process.  Even the mining of the silica sand itself poses its own range of threats to environmental and human health, collected in a method similar to mountain top removal, and causing a variety of health complications in those people who breathe in the resulting dust.

The impacts of hydraulic fracking reach far beyond the wells used to extract oil.  There is mining of silica sand, steel mills to create the pipes, and the disposal of the chemical-laced post-fracking brine.  In addition to a myriad of deadly chemicals, this brine also has three times the salinity of standard salt water.  Improper disposal of fracking liquid has caused earthquakes, explosions, and contaminated aquifers.  This liquid has long been ignored in fracking debates and is a serious issue.

There is a deceptive beauty that lives in this tension between the natural world and these quiet but destructive incursions.  It is the goal of this project to capture that beauty, while revealing the coiled predator lurking beneath."

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