Ann Marie Schneider


art | landscape experience | regenerative futures
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Equisetum Returns

This body of work imagines
the return of prehistoric scale Equisetum as both a deconstructive and reconstrucitve architectural force.

350 million years ago, horsetails (genus Equisetum) reached heights of 50-100 feet.  These ancestors, called calamites, were a key species of the lush swamp forests that became coal deposits through milllenia of decomposition and alchemy.  Ironically, these mammoth plants sequestered high levels of carbon from the atmosphere, creating an oxygen rich environment that could support humans.  That same carbon is now being returned to the atmosphere by humans through the consumption of fossil fuel.  Equisetum still exist today, though  much smaller.  They are uniquely resilient and thrive in nutrient poor soils created by human settlement.  

This work is in progress, return for more....
Sumi ink, watercolor, and pen/india ink on watercolor paper.  Prints are one-of-a-kind, not reproductions or reproducable. 
1.  ERMP #29,  12”x18” (Sumi ink only)
2.  ERMP #8,    9”x12” (sold)
3.  ERMP #28,    7”x11”
4.  ERMP #27,    7”x11”
5.  ERMP #6.  9”x12” (sold)
6.  ERMP #23,  7”x11” (sold)
7.  ERMP #21,  7”x11”
8.  ERMP #11.  9”x12”
9.  ERMP #13  9”x12”
10.  ERMP #10,  9”x12”  Currently exhibited at the Rue de Cerise in mid-September at the Good Arts Building:  
11.  ERMP #22,  7”x11” (sold)
12. ERCB#1.  India ink, watercolor, and etching.  9”x12” on Clayboard. (not for sale)

13.  ERMP #25  6”x12”
14.  ERMP #25  6”x12” 8.5x14