“The Botany of Sacrifice,” an interactive gallery installation by Susan Smith, will open with a 5 to 8 p.m. reception Friday, Sept. 25, at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. All are welcome to attend the reception and meet the artist, who created the installation to bring attention to consequences of herbicide use.

In order to increase crop production, the use of herbicides to control weeds has, ironically, given rise to a race of “superweeds,” while exploiting human laborers, Smith said. A system has been created that puts profit above individual well-being and locks farmers into unsustainable practices.

“The humans themselves, in this quest for abundance and perfection, become expendable, another mere resource,” she said.

“The Botany of Sacrifice” examines the thinking that has created these super weeds and practices: how what we attempt to eradicate returns to us with ever-greater force. To counter this unbridled desire for control, the installation uses the slow and mindful process of eco-print bundling to commemorate the laborers oppressed in the sacrificial cycle of commodification,” paying homage to the act of working with nature rather than against it.

The installation includes eco-prints and several large paintings, each paired with a lawn chair and an herbicide sprayer. Smith will display the bound and unbound weed and cloth bundles she has made, and some of the bundles will be unraveled during the opening.

A new exhibit in the Corridor Gallery features the work of two printmakers who have done short residencies at Waterfall Arts this year. Julia Talcott is a printmaker residing in Boston, where she teaches relief printmaking at the Maud Morgan Arts Center in Cambridge and the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. Her fine art work has won many awards and is included in the collection of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others.

Kris Sader is a printmaker and environmental site-specific installation artist. As a printmaker she uses non-toxic/health and environment-friendly printmaking methods, which she helped research at the University of Maine. In addition to showing her work locally, nationally and internationally, she gives presentations on her work and teaches non-toxic printmaking techniques.

The two exhibits, which run through Nov. 25, 2015, can be seen Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; during evening events; and by appointment (call 338-2222 to arrange). Related artist talks are scheduled as follows: Sader on Tuesday, Sept. 30; Smith on Wednesday, Oct. 7; and Talcott on Wednesday, Oct. 21. All talks begin at 7 p.m., and admission is by donation at the door.

Talcott will give a free woodcut printing demo during the monthly free open studio time Thursday, Oct. 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The exhibits are sponsored by Coyote Moon, the Belfast Coop and yearlong sponsor Revision Energy. For information on classes, studio rentals, exhibitions and community events, visit waterfallarts.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.