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“Enframing I” from “Water Gold Soil: American River” | Sayler/Morris “Enframing I” from “Water Gold Soil: American River” | Sayler/Morris

Department of Transmedia faculty members Susannah Sayler, assistant professor of art photography and transmedia core, and Edward Morris, professor of practice of transmedia core, were both featured in a Smithsonian Magazine feature story “These Nine Artists Will Help You Understand the Future of the Planet,” which “highlights contemporary artists whose practices are conscious-raising and problem-solving.”

The magazine featured the Sayler/Morris project “Water Gold Soil: American River” (2015-ongoing), which consists of an ongoing assembly of original photographic and video works, archival images, writing, maps, and other media.

“Water Gold Soil” came about when Sayler/Morris traveled to California to document drought in the state for another project.

“When we got to California and started looking at how we were going to document drought, two things happened: One, we felt like the story had been pretty well covered already, and two, we found through our research that the story about water in California was so rich and complicated that it really needed a separate project,” says Morris in the article. “’Water Gold Soil’ grew directly out of those impulses—specifically to try to tell the story of water in California through a historical and economic frame rather than strictly through some set of photographs that might compare a beautiful landscape or what it should look like to some kind of damaged landscape.”

Sayler/Morris are also co-creators of the Canary Project and co-directors of the Canary Lab in the Department of Transmedia.