This month, I have four prints from my ongoing Milkweed series included in the EARTHWORK group exhibit at Massoni Art Gallery in Chestertown, MD. The exhibit is on view until May 3rd. I’ll be at the gallery for an artist talk on Saturday, April 25th from 12-1pm.
Milkweed is the only plant on which monarch butterflies will lay their eggs, and is their primary food source. Despite its necessity to the monarch butterfly species, the milkweed plant decreased 21 percent in the United States between 1995 and 2013. As a result, the population of the monarch butterfly has seen a dramatic decrease.
The images in the Milkweed series represent the precarious nature of milkweed’s habitat.
February’s Promise was photographed at Gunpowder State Park in Northern Baltimore County, Maryland. The meadow is on the edge of a forest, and is home to many native plants, including milkweed. Recently, the entire meadow has been planted with saplings. When mature, these trees will ultimately crowd out the meadow; decreasing the milkweed, a crucial plant in the monarch butterflies’ life span.