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Water Spiral (2012). Hand cut paper, acrylic ink & Mylar dots. (detail) Form of the Papio (2008). size variable. Hand cut paper components. A: Once a work is complete it belongs to the viewer who often gives me wonderful feedback about what I’ve just created. As an artist based in the middle of the U.S. I chose to examine ecological problems in my local creek system for an installation at the Museum of Nebraska Art. After that I collaborated with a Connecticut colleague to create a large installation based on groundwater in northeastern Nebraska. Marian Maas, PhD, who founded the Papillion Creek Watershed Project and Susan Lackey, a hydro-geologist with University of Nebraska, were tremendously helpful to me each time. I was able to go into the field to observe wells being tested and look under the microscope at soil samples. The groundwater show in particular engaged a variety of professionals. Farmers walked through an interactive, human scale, precipitation chart from the last SciArt in America August 2013 40 years in Nebraska and told me how it correlated to their largest corn harvests. Scientists who worked with the area’s Nebraska Resource District marveled that we visually expressed the properties of groundwater. They never expected an art installation to translate and elevate their own work. Q: Do you have any upcoming projects you’d like to share a bit about? A: In September I will be on the Wampa River in Hayden, Colorado for a “land/water” residency sponsored by the Colorado Art Ranch and The Nature Conservancy. The Wampa one of the last free flowing rivers in the country. I’ve been reading about the history and ecology of the area in order to make decisions about projects I might tackle. 23