Documenting the undisturbed natural landscape.

Joel Wilkinson
2 min readDec 13, 2019
Marty Epp-Carter, Memory: The Ten Essentials. From Camping Suite, etching.

Artist Marty Epp-Carter, an avid bicyclist and traveler, left the great biking city of Boston in 2006 and moved to another bicycle city, Greenville, South Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Bicycles, hiking, and camping keep her tied to the natural world she was attracted to in early childhood, but she had abandoned the outdoors as an adult in university schedules and city life.

Today, Marty is printmaking instructor at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. She has reconnected to the outdoors and the natural world plays a major role in a series of etchings called Camping Suite. During a six-week camping excursion through nine states, Epp-Carter camped at five state parks and recorded her experiences in the preparation of seven copper plates. Drawing all of the line work on location, then packing away the plates for safe storage, the etchings would be finished and printed in her studio upon her return home.

Camping Suite shares the artist’s experience in brand new geographical places, seeking the undisturbed natural landscape; a landscape that has been untouched by human development, in order to connect with her own inner, untouched selfscape. Looking at the art and reading these etchings transforms the viewer by sparking recognition of their own curiosity and humanity. More trail projects like this are planned, carrying journals and plates to document treks into wilderness.

Camping Suite exhibition, Greenville, South Carolina. Lipscomb Gallery, SCGSAH.

Marty Epp-Carter received her MFA (summa cum laude) Printmaking from Clemson University, Clemson, SC. She received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. Printmaking and collage is the focus of her studio work.

To learn more about Marty Epp-Carter and her work as a printmaker, traveler, and teacher, let me know how I may connect you. If you travel to Greenville, South Carolina, check in with me for other work by recognized artists in printmaking, collage, other works on paper, and painting. For gallery hours, see the website below. Thank you

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