About the Exhibition
Paths to the Shore is a solo exhibition by artist Sarah Nicholls that explores the ways that history, infrastructure, and nature interact in the context of Brooklyn’s waterfront.
Nicholls approached this project through an objective lens akin to scientific inquiry. She sought answers to questions like: What plants grow on a derelict pier and how did they get there? Who lives on the waterfront? What does nature mean in an urban context? Where was the waterline in the past and where will it be in the future? How do people access the waterfront and what does that reveal about the community’s values?
Nicholls’ translated her research into a body of work that includes a series of artist publications and large-scale maps produced using letterpress, relief printing, and paper she made by hand from plants. The resulting exhibition offers unflinching documentation of Brooklyn’s marshland, landfills, industrial pollution, public housing projects, rezoned neighborhoods, public parks, and areas under threat of disappearing in an era shaped by climate change.
Images courtesy the Artist.