Mel Watkin
RIVER CAMPAIGN: Collage of River Campaign Picnic Basket and Mississippi River Navigational Chart

RIVER CAMPAIGN: Chart installed in front entry way of Longue Vue House
RIVER CAMPAIGN in Longue Vue House Gallery: Campaign Table from Longue Vue House collection (c. 1910) with River Campaign Picnic Basket contents and river charts.  RIVER CAMPAIGN: Detail of mid-1940s leather luggage and river charts
RIVER CAMPAIGN: Detail of Campaign Table top
RIVER CAMPAIGN: Partial contents of River Campaign Picnic Basket: hand-painted china, hand-embroidered napkins, and hand-painted flatware
RIVER CAMPAIGN: Detail of hand-painted china, hand-painted flatware and hand-embroidered napkin
RIVER CAMPAIGN: Hand-painted china, flatware and napkin from River Campaign Picnic Basket in Longue Vue House dinning room.
RIVER CAMPAIGN: River charts in upper hallway of Longue Vue House
RIVER CAMPAIGN: Mississippi River Navigational Chart #91HAND PAINTED CHINA: Oil spillHAND PAINTED CHINA: Floral Oil BoomsHAND PAINTED CHINA: Snake EddyHAND PAINTED CHINA: Tree Chart PatternHAND-PAINTED CAKE PLATE # 3
(One plate of a set of 6.)HAND PAINTED CAKE PLATE # 3
(One plate of a set of 6.)

DETAILHAND PAINTED CAKE PLATE # 4
(One plate of a set of 6.)HAND PAINTED CAKE PLATE # 5
(One plate of a set of 6.)HAND PAINTED FLATWARE: 1 set of 4 setsHAND EMBROIDERED NAPKINS: Ring of Flowers
Oil spill Circled by Flower BoomsHAND EMBROIDERED NAPKINS: ArcHAND EMBROIDERED NAPKINS: Arc

DETAILHAND EMBROIDERED NAPKINS: Under WaterHAND EMBROIDERED NAPKINS: Snake Eddy

DETAILHAND EMBROIDERED NAPKINS: Tree Pattern

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RIVER CAMPAIGN, 2013
THE RIVER BETWEEN US
Sept. 26 – Dec. 1, 2013

Mel Watkin: RIVER CAMPAIGN
Installation

THE RIVER BETWEEN US is an exhibition about the Mississippi River—its convoluted history, physical immensity and romantic myths. It is a two-part exhibition, organized by Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis and Longue Vue House and Gardens, New Orleans. Longue Vue is a historic mid-20th century home filled with antiques and modern art collected by prominent New Orleans philanthropists Edith & Edgar Stern. For her installation River Campaign, Mel Watkin embedded altered Mississippi River Navigational Charts throughout the house. The charts are over-painted with glossy oil slicks, flowery oil booms, shiny pools of toxic waste, and swirling snake-like eddies. In Longue Vue’s gallery, Watkin’s hand-painted china, silverware and embroidered napkins (matching the river charts) spill out of a picnic basket onto a 19th century campaign table as if in preparation for a river journey.

Installation photo credit: Brad Stire, New Orleans

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