A Studio in the Woods Residency

Awarded a 2020 residency at A Studio in the Woods

The ByWater Institute and A Studio in the Woods seek to enhance and support the scholarship, creativity and cross-disciplinary activity of Tulane faculty and trainees by awarding one to two-week residencies during the academic year. These residencies provide a retreat for faculty and trainees across disciplines to work on a discrete project or scholarly pursuit that can be new or complementary to ongoing work. This opportunity may be considered similar to an artist residency, writing fellowship or grant-in-aid. Previous honorees have used the retreat to analyze data, write an article, prepare for a conference or begin a new project.

During her time in residence at A Studio in the Woods, Erickson plans to work toward the completion of a comprehensive collection of large-scale panoramas of the 85-mile stretch of petrochemical plants from Baton Rouge to New Orleans known as “Cancer Alley.” This collection will be produced through the use of her photographic afterimaging techniques. This afterimaging process aims to present petrochemical refineries as magnificent relics of our destructive past to point to the unsustainability of this exploitative industry.