A Devil’s Deal

2018. Dimensions: 7ft x 5ft 7in Material: Colored Pencil, Ink, Sharpie on Paper.

A Devil’s Deal continues my study of Mountaintop Removal (MTR) and the seen and unseen results of this horrendous practice.

The title for this piece came from a lecture on Appalachian transition, when a professor from a community college was speaking of his work with former miners. He stated when we talk about MTR and King Coal we must resist the notion that this is a fight against the miners. We must remember that the miners are on the front of the front line and they are the first to know what a devil’s deal they have entered into in order to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads.