May 19 Talk: DITCHIN’: Hay & High Ground


On Sunday, May 19, 2024, at 2 PM CULTIVATE Studio in Kensington, Maryland will host an in-person talk by artist and printmaker Heather McMordie ( and University of Maryland soil scientist and Living New Deal National Associate Edward Landa.

DITCHIN’: Hay & High Ground is a print and projection installation. The project examines the long-term impacts (physical and cultural) of early 20th-century mosquito control ditches on the coastal wetlands of the Northeastern United States. Viewers are invited to physically and metaphorically step through miasmic layers of information in this multi-media installation of real and imagined landscapes.

Maps made by Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC] crews working in the salt marshes of Delaware in the 1930s (sourced from the Delaware Public Archives), as part of the New Deal programs for economic recovery from the Great Depression, form the basis of much of the imagery, that is:

· printed on floor-to-ceiling mosquito netting which viewers pass through, and

· projected as part of a video that includes still photos and motion pictures of the CCC crews.

Details on the exhibition and an RSVP link for the May 19, 2 PM Presentation/Talk are available at

Additional opportunities to view the exhibition are available,

May 12 – 18, By appointment, [email protected]

This exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Event details

Date: Sun. May 19th, 2024

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