Documenting the undisturbed natural landscape.

Marty Epp-Carter, Memory: The Ten Essentials. From Camping Suite, etching.

Artist Marty Epp-Carter, an avid bicyclist and traveler, left the great biking city of Boston in 2006 and moved to Greenville, South Carolina, another bicycle city in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Bicycles, hiking and camping keep her tied to the natural world she was attracted to in early childhood, but she had abandoned the outdoors as an adult in university schedules and city life.

Today, Marty is printmaking instructor at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Marty has reconnected to the outdoors and the natural world plays a major role in a series of etchings called Camping Suite. During a six-week camping excursion through nine states, Epp-Carter camped at five state parks and she recorded her experiences in the preparation of seven copper plates. Drawing all of the line work on location, then packing away the plates for safe storage, the etchings would be finished and printed in her studio upon her return home.

Camping Suite shares the artist’s experience in brand new geographical places, seeking the undisturbed natural landscape; a landscape that has been untouched by human development, in order to connect with her own inner, untouched selfscape. Looking at the art and reading these etchings transforms the viewer by sparking recognition of their own curiosity and humanity. More trail projects like this are planned, carrying journals and plates to document treks into wilderness.

Camping Suite exhibition, Greenville, South Carolina. Lipscomb Gallery, SCGSAH.

Marty Epp-Carter received her MFA (summa cum laude) Printmaking from Clemson University, Clemson, SC. She received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. Printmaking and collage is the focus of her studio work.

Art writers and journalists are encouraged to learn more about Marty Epp-Carter and her work as a printmaker and traveler with a telephone or in-person interview and a review of her work and projects. If you travel to Greenville, South Carolina, check in with me for work by recognized artists in printmaking, collage, other works on paper, and painting.

Thank you,
Joel Wilkinson
Greenville, South Carolina