The Secret Lives of Catfish . Waterfowl on Active Catfish Pond

On the Pond

“On the Pond: Catfish Farming in the Delta”
an exhibition by Forbes Lipschitz and Justine Holzman

Delta Cultural Center . Helena, Arkansas

Public Opening April 1, 2017
Public Lecture and Gallery Tour April 2, 2017
Closes July 4, 2017

On the Pond: Catfish Farming in the Delta represents the context and ecology of catfish farming in the Deep South through illustrative, informative, and regionally specific landscape representations. Catfish farms are located principally in the Delta, an arc of alluvial bottomland bounded by the Yazoo and Mississippi Rivers that has been labeled by many as “the most southern place on earth.” Home to some of the richest agricultural land in the United States, the Delta is also an important ecoregion for migrating and wintering waterfowl along the Mississippi Flyway. As historic wetlands continue to diminish, catfish farming offers the opportunity for both habitat creation and sustainable aquaculture production. Inspired by local landscape painters, historical research, and field studies Justine Holzman and Forbes Lipschitz utilize a combination of photography, mapping practices, and digital drawing, to convey the landscape of catfish farming in the Delta.

This research was made possible by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Forbes Lipschitz is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Knowlton School at the Ohio State University, where she teaches studio and seminar courses in landscape planning and representation. As a faculty affiliate for the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation, her current research explores the role of geospatial analysis and representation in rethinking North American agricultural territories.  She received her Master in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a BA in environmental aesthetics from Pomona College in Claremont, California.​

Justine Holzman is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto where she teaches studio courses and seminars in advanced representation and site technologies. In her research and as a member of the Dredge Research Collaborative Holzman explores infrastructural landscapes and site technologies with an emphasis on the relationship between rivers and urbanization. She received her Master in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University and a BA in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.