“Smoky Hill Prairie Haunts”
By Rena Detrixhe
Digital Print from original graphite drawing
Parts of grasses, forbs, and flowers from a remnant prairie along the Smoky Hill River were gathered, dried, and pressed in the ancient tradition of plant collecting. The plant specimens were then delicately traced onto the paper by carefully dusting over each segment with powdered graphite using a soft brush, rendering them in ghostly silhouette. Layer by layer, merging and overlapping, the canvas becomes filled with a dense mat of the memories of individual plants.
Limited-edition commemorative Festival prints are available with a $100+ donation to the Smoky Hill River Festival. Full perks and donation opportunities can be found at https://www.riverfestival.com/support/#donate.