Allison Bianco (b. 1979, lives and works in Providence, RI, United States)
The Providence River Cover Up, 2019
Intaglio and screenprint
Sheet: 35 ½ x 59 ½ inches
Printed by the artist and Lois Harada; published by the artist
Courtesy of the artist and Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence, RI
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The Providence River Cover Up explores the outlet of the Providence River from the vantage point of East Providence, Rhode Island. The landscape shows a nearly 100-year-old view of railroad tracks that traveled by the harbor. Over the century, much of the waterway has been hardened over and covered, as its function as a port diminished. Abstracted graphic shapes and orange caution flags serve to underline these changes and allude to warnings on the horizon and the contemporary reality of rising tides.