Sacrificial Fire: The Marcellus Shale Landscapes of Western Pennsylvania
Photography By Mandy Kendall
Braddock Carnegie Library
419 Library St, Braddock, PA 15104
Runs through October 1, 2015
This fall, Braddock Carnegie Library will host “Sacrificial Fire: The Marcellus Shale Landscapes of Western Pennsylvania”, featuring the work of AgWorks member Mandy Kendall. “Sacrificial Fire” addresses the issue of fracking in Western Pennsylvania. Flaring is a process in which gases from a hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) well are burned off, resulting in roaring 50 foot flames. For the past four years, Kendall has documented the visual impact of this process on the nighttime landscape in rural areas of Pennsylvania. Flaring is just a small part of the hydraulic fracturing process, which is used to extract oil and natural gas from the earth’s underlying rock formations. In the United States, fracking has caused numerous environmental and health concerns, including water, air, noise and light pollution and increased risk of earthquakes. The work’s title is a reference to the flame created in the act of flaring, the environmental sacrifice that we make in the name of “energy independence” and the unexpectedly primal experience of encountering one of these wells in person.
The show, which is part of the library’s Artists in the Library Series, runs through October 1, 2015.