By Magdalena Poost '23

Centered around the rippling effects of 2021's Hurricane Ida and ensuing major flooding in the town of Lambertville, NJ, River Rock is a multimodal meditation on the themes of fluidity, stability, and the construction of identity through relationship. Drawing from recorded interviews with local business owners, residents, EMTs, and even the mayor, Magdalena Poost strings together a picture of what it means for a community to be living in repetitive ecological loss, threaded through the focal point of one rock plucked from the town's riverbanks. The audio narrative is coupled with a sculptural piece and experimental chapbook, all extending from the core question: can we find a sense of stability through change itself?