Ethan Bickel, Printmaker, Photographer
You'll often find Ethan Bickel with a camera hanging around his neck, or a large sketch pad on his lap full of expressive landscape drawings. In each case he creates images that are perceptive and clear. In the unique light offered both in and outside of the Georgetown Steam Plant his evocative photographs truly capture the haunting beauty of this historic structure. Along with his unique vision, Ethan brings a wry sense of humor to the Residency that is equally appreciated. He's just fun to hang out with. We are very glad he's come along with us for the past two years.
Ethan Bickel grew up in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts near the confluence of the Westfield and Connecticut Rivers, and as the youngest of three children, spent a lot of time riding in the car. These experiences have contributed to a life long interest in the cultural landscape as it pertains to the automobile and nature, as well as the familial landscape. Ethan studied printmaking and photography at the Hartford Art School in Hartford, CT and landscape architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI.
Ethan currently resides in Seattle where he has a small design practice. His photographic work is frequently on view at local cafes and coffee houses. He recently participated in the Dwamish Artist's Residency and "Small Voids," and installation of 100 Seattle artists by Todd Jannausch.
Ethan on his experience in 2013:
Exploring the old power plant was a highlight of this year's residency, though at first it felt very disconnected to the Duwamish River itself. In a historical context, however, the river used to flow right by its doors, and the power plant must have been a prominent marker on the Duwamish landscape. It was thrilling to explore the interior space of an industrial building in a landscape that has been so changed by industry and commerce.