Mara Adamitz Scrupe is an interdisciplinary artist whose work investigates the strong ties that bind people to one another and the ways in which profound knowledge and love of place can impact protection of imperiled lands and communities. Her poems, essays, artist books, installations, videos, and performances explore qualities of empathy, acceptance, trust, mutual dependency and hope as the basis for building and keeping community. These projects recognize that crucial ties between people and places are the wellspring of efforts to protect vulnerable lands and communities throughout the world.
Giant resin vegetables glow via solar power for the Europos Parkas Open Air Museum, addressing food production in Lithuania’s countryside. Lithuanians grow much of their food in small family plots, but the potential for air, soil and water pollution caused by accidents from outdated Soviet-era nuclear plants, like the notorious disaster at Chernobyl, still threatens local food sources.