Water Ways is a collaboratively drawn series of illustrations by artists Bri Barton and Meg Lemieur. In a richly detailed, allegorical drawing overlaid on a map of the mid-Atlantic region, the vignettes of Water Ways tell the political, social, economic, and ecological stories of the impact of the natural gas industry on the land and water. The stories depicted are based on events from the recent history of fracking, the politics behind the industry, and the various forms of resistance to it. The characters are played by animals native to the region: by employing the creatures most immediately dependant on the ecosystem to tell human tales, the drawings both play on our natural sympathy for story-telling animals, and irrevocably bind our stories with those of the other living creatures who share our land and water.
Bios Water Ways is a collaborative series of drawings and presentations by Meg Lemieur and Bri Barton. It is a continuation of their lifelong commitments to creating justice-driven, educational visual media. Meg and Bri combine their love of the natural world and justice into visual, written, and performative formats that can be used by many to defend the earth, and all who dwell here. Meg Lemieur is an artist, activist, and program manager. Her artwork juxtaposes nature with human experiences and explores themes of social/environmental justice. She is a member of E.D.G.E. Philly, the Beehive Design Collective, and Philly Climate Works. Meg graduated from University of the Arts with a BFA in Illustration. Bri Barton is an artist, nature educator, and activist. Her work elevates and embodies racial and environmental justice. She is the creator of Everything Dies! A Coloring Book About Life. Bri graduated Valedictorian from Moore College of Art with a BFA in Fine Art and Curatorial Studies.