Sandhills

The Sandhills is a band of 100,000 million year old sand dunes and marine deposits stretching diagonally across the state. A sudden drop in elevation marks another unique landscape feature of the region, the Fall Line. This escarpment was created by erosion along the ancient coastline, and is revealed by rocky whitewater rapids along the area's wide, flat rivers. In the early 18th century, rapids at the Fall Line prevented riverboats from traveling farther inland. Colonial settlements rested at the navigable bounds of area rivers. In 1786, the capital city of Columbia was relocated to the central Sandhills area in order to network economic and political interests of the upcountry and lowcountry. In the early 19th century, canals connected upcountry riverboat traffic to lowcountry seaports and the Sandhills area population grew as trade, state government, and the cotton textile industry took root.

Meet artists from the Sandhills area of South Carolina below. Please note many of the web videos include transcripts.  The artists are trained professionals who often use tools not considered safe for inexperienced users. Please review the safety disclaimer.

 

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Spotlight - Leslie Pierce | A Natural State
Spotlight - Leslie Pierce | A Natural State

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As an educator at the Columbia Museum of Art, Leslie uses her knowledge of art history to inform her creative decisions in the studio. She describes herself as "old school" in her appreciation of art...
Brian Rust's Earthen Cycle | A Natural State
Brian Rust's Earthen Cycle | A Natural State

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Brian Rust's Earthen Cycle creates visual interest and a place of retreat in an otherwise overlooked stretch of grass connecting two parking lots. A Natural State visited Rust as he installed the site...
Spotlight - Janet Orselli | A Natural State
Spotlight - Janet Orselli | A Natural State

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Janet’s sculptural work weaves together elements of several modern art forms briefly described below: Installation Art: Artworks that alter or enhance our experience of the place in which the work...
Earthen Cycle - The Concept | A Natural State
Earthen Cycle - The Concept | A Natural State

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The circle is an enduring symbol for the cyclic nature of the universe. It evokes ideas of continuity, change and renewal, and is commonly identified as a symbol for infinity. Rust chose the circle...
Sanctuary - The Process | A Natural State
Sanctuary - The Process | A Natural State

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Sanctuary was an installation prepared for the Sumter Gallery of Art's "South Carolina Birds: A Fine Arts Exhibition" show in 2004. Janet began a weeklong process of constructing and arranging...
Woodburning Gourds - Step 1 | A Natural State
Woodburning Gourds - Step 1 | A Natural State

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Gourds that come off the farm are coated in dirt, decayed tissue and mildew. Leslie prepares each gourd for wood burning by washing its surface with soap, scrubber and sponge. After cleaning, she uses...
Earthen Cycle - The Sphere | A Natural State
Earthen Cycle - The Sphere | A Natural State

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The spheres of Earthen Cycle are made from a mixture of Portland cement, sand, kaolin and red clay. Layers were gradually built up like a pot. After a layer dried to a semi-soft state, it was shaped...
Found Object Art | A Natural State
Found Object Art | A Natural State

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Janet’s work involves the concept of "found object art". Found objects are things originally designed for a function or use outside of assemblage or other sculptural forms. Found objects include...
Woodburning Gourds - Step 2 | A Natural State
Woodburning Gourds - Step 2 | A Natural State

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Leslie studies books of illustration and graphic design from around the world and from many eras before beginning a project. After finding inspiration, she pencils in the design on the surface of the...
Earthen Cycle - The Walls | A Natural State
Earthen Cycle - The Walls | A Natural State

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The walls of Earthen Cycle were created using a rammed earth technique. A mixture of rounded stones from a local riverbed, Portland cement, and clay were poured into a wooden form. Rust and his...