We welcome Mitchell Rasor as the 2023 Royal River Conservation Trust (RRCT) Artist-in-Residence. Over the course of the year, Mitchell will draw and document the variety of ecosystems and landscapes conserved by RRCT. As a Yarmouth resident, Mitchell actively uses and appreciates conservation lands. “These conserved lands are invaluable for their ecological and historic value. I have spent countless hours exploring places such as Spear Farm Estuary Preserve and return again and again to the stand of striped maple, the salt marsh, and the oaks overhanging the pond. I am drawn to these places as an artist, landscape architect, and scholar. I’m excited to explore and draw the range of Trust success stories over the course of the year and share my ongoing explorations of light, line, and transparency.” At the end of the year there will be a show of drawings to celebrate these landscapes. Mitchell will also be leading landscape drawing workshops.
We invite you keep informed of Mitchell’s work on Instagram by following the hashtag #rasorRRCTdrawings or following @mitchellrasor and the #rasordrawings hashtag on Instagram.
Mitchell is the principal of Rasor Landscape Architecture and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Maine College of Art & Design. His drawings have been most recently shown at Inde/Jaobs in Marfa, Texas, and the Lockwood Gallery in the Hudson Valley in New York State. In addition to his daily drawing practice, current projects include an album based on field recordings from Little Fort Island, Maine, owned by the Holt/Smithson Foundation and a non-site garden installation using seeds foraged from Robert Smithson’s Partially Buried Woodshed (1970) at Kent State University. Landscape architecture projects include working waterfronts, affordable housing, and multi-modal planning throughout New England. Mitchell is currently working with The Nature Conservancy on their first all persons ADA trail in Maine located in the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area. He has been teaching research seminars at MECA&D since 2012 covering such topics as environmental personhood, urban ecology, non-binary landscapes, and post-punk aesthetics. His Fall 2022 seminar is called, Place & Protest: Dialectical Landscapes from Partially Buried Woodshed to Black Lives Matter. Mitchell holds degrees from Oberlin College and Harvard University.
Please let us know of interest as we look toward 2024 Artists-in-Residence.