Erin Susanne Morse makes artwork to tell the stories of the agricultural community she came from and other relationships of people and land. A seventh-generation Illinoisan, she lives and works in Corvallis, Oregon.
My work has always been about home - what it's made of. Currently, I'm drawing graphic non-fiction about the backwater lake along the Illinois River where I'm from. The story is about the lake's geology and ecology, colonization, the murder of everything from fingernail clams, dabbling ducks to the great-grandchildren of the settlers by the chemical factory eventually built along its shores. With the lake's ties to the rising environmental movement, its story is an offering of attention, medicine for how places and communities heal.