Forbes Lipschitz and Justine Holzman met as professors at Louisiana State University and began turning a research project into an exhibition. They discovered that the Delta is an incredibly important ecoregion for migrating and wintering waterfowl that make their way north along the Mississippi Flyway. This area has undergone major declines to natural, permanent, and seasonal wetlands over the past century – so active and shallowly drained catfish ponds actually comprise a substantial area of artificial wetland available to waterfowl.
The exhibition seeks is to highlight the cultural and ecological significance of catfish farming through digital drawings and mapping
The two professors made several trips to the Delta and visited multiple farmers, including America’s Catch – the largest catfish farm in the country. Drones were used to collect a “birds eye” view of the landscape. Inspired by southern landscape paintings and natural history exhibitions, they then created digital collages with the photographs gathered on their visits, creating informative illustrations that evoke the ecological dynamics of the pond.