Laura Chipley is an interdisciplinary artist based in Queens, New York. Her past projects include “Deep Black Sea” – an experimental documentary series that chronicles the aftermath of oil spills around the world, and “The Newtown Creek Armada” – an interactive boat pond created in a New York Superfund site. She is an Assistant Professor of Media and Communications at the State University of New York at Old Westbury.
Her ABOG Fellowship will support The Appalachian Mountaintop Patrol (AMP), a collaborative, environmental watchdog multimedia education initiative that will train people in Boone County, West Virginia to document environmental contamination resulting from coal and natural gas extraction in the Appalachian Mountains. AMP will train six Boone County residents in field video production, social media and web-based video skills, aerial photography and environmental sampling techniques, with the resulting documentation distributed via online videos, public projections, and documentary film screenings.
Tailing pond runoff, Boone County, WV 2013. Video Still: Laura Chipley
Coal slurry impoundment, Boone County, WV 2013. Video Still: Laura Chipley
Tailing pond, Boone County, WV 2013. Video Still: Laura Chipley
Petroecuador workers at oil contamination remediation site, Orellana Province, Ecuador 2011. Photo: Laura Chipley
Petroecuador workers help clean underwater video casing, Orellana Province, Ecuador 2011. Photo: Laura Chipley
Petroleum waste pit, Orellana Province, Ecuador, 2011. Video Still: Laura Chipley
The Newtown Creek Armada, by Laura Chipley, Nathan Kensinger and Sarah Nelson Wright, The Newtown Creek Nature Walk, Brooklyn, 2012. Photo: Nathan Kensinger
The Newtown Creek Armada, by Laura Chipley, Nathan Kensinger and Sarah Nelson Wright, The Newtown Creek Nature Walk, Brooklyn, 2012. Photo: Carolina Ferreras
Orange Beach, Alabama, 2010. Video still: Laura Chipley
FELLOWSHIP WORKSHOP WITH LAURA CHIPLEY – SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
Fellowship Workshops are designed for applicants to our ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art and include hands-on, interactive approaches to helping artists with their proposals. Our September 2015 workshop featured a presentation by Laura Chipley on her project, The Appalachian Mountaintop Patrol (AMP). Click here to explore ABOG’s public programs.