Mont Clare Artist Explores Industry Practices Across Country as Part of ‘Extraction’ Exhibit


The latest work of Mont Clare artist Maggy Rozycki Hiltner — themed after circus posters from the 1920s — looks like a brochure for touring ecological disasters, writes Anna Paige for the Billings Gazette.

The hand-stitched display of posters for environmental and social disasters and EPA Superfund sites, titled Superfun(d), is part of a global art exhibition called “Extraction: Art from Beyond the Abyss.”

The exhibition features hundreds of artists from all over the world who are making art, music, and performance-focused on the social and environmental consequences of resource extraction.

It’s a global coalition of creators and artists who have committed to focusing on all forms of extractive industry—from mining and drilling to the exploitation of fresh water, timber, marine life, and fertile soil.

Maggy Rozycki Hiltner has been followed by the extraction industry since childhood. Growing up in Mont Clare, she often played atop old areas that reminded her of black deserts due to their color caused by coal silt.

Now living in Red Lodge, Montana, the artist culled facts for her work from EPA’s database of superfund sites in the U.S. and corresponding articles. Then she inserted some humor into atrocity to make her artwork more approachable.

“I want it to be funny, and when you get up close, you go, ‘Oh dear. This is not funny at all,’” she said.

Read more about Maggy Rozycki Hiltner in the Billings Gazette.

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