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Locust Tree Roots Series:  #1, 2021
Permanent India Ink, Permanent Ink Pen
20" x 20" 
RF- 01
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Roots Drawing 
Permanent pen and ink
36" x 44"
RD - 02

Renate Ferro (US) is a conceptual media artist who toggles between the creative skins of old and new technologies. Her work mobilizes opportunities for creative interactivity that incorporate issues relating to feminist psychological and sociological conditions, a term she understands to identify anyone in a compromised position in life. Ferro’s work takes on create skins whose configurations include installation, interactive net-based projects, digital time-based media, drawing, text, and performance-based work. These creative skins include participatory, collaborative, generative, and customizable characteristics impacting the networked quality of her work.  Her artistic work has been featured at the University of Virginia, Hunter College Gallery (NYC), The Freud Museum (London), The Dorksy Gallery (NYC), The Hemispheric Institute and FOMMA (Mexico), The Janus Pannonius Muzeum (Hungary), Peking University (Beijing), Johnson Art Museum (Ithaca, NY), and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore).  Her image-based work has been published in Diacritics and Theatre Journal. Her writing has been published in journals such as Media-N and several anthologies. She is the managing curator and moderator of the online international listserv, -empyre-soft-skinned space that brings together artists, theorists, and technologists. Joining the moderating team in 2007, since 2010 she has been the curatorial moderator organizing and vetting monthly topics and guests as well as technically monitoring the moderation site and website. She has taught in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University since 2004 as a Visiting Associate Professor teaching digital media and theory, drawing and advanced Thesis studios.  She is currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

About the Work 

The water-logged land that had anchored the trees in their place, gave way under blinding rain and a wind shear that came in from the north.  The great storm battered the trees in minutes toppling thirty-seven by ripping the roots from the earth with such force that the uprooted balls stood vertically taller than the height of a human being.  The tree trunks fell like pickup sticks against other spruce and pine trees. The surreal site, the boggy smell, and the heavily sopped landscape was magical in a way. These black and white ink drawings ink drawings are meditations on the uprooted trees and their root systems.

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