I like maps. They are BIG picture — and they take me out of my microscopic myopia. Also, they have wonderful meandering lines.
In my work, I like to think about natural processes that happen over time, like evolution, decay, and biotic/abiotic relationships. Now I’m interested in rooting those processes in a specific place. So I’m exploring Mapping Change as a theme.
“Place” is not a fixed thing. For example, I’m inspired by Harold Fisk’s maps of the historical traces of the Mississippi River (like the one above), produced as part of a report to the US Army Corps of Engineers in the 1940s. Rivers change all the time. Coastlines do too, and with climate change upon us, they change now more than ever.
Every place is an event — a . . . v e r y . . . s l o w . . . e v e n t.
Here are some works in progress exploring some incipient ideas with maps. They are in their early stages and they are going to get some other elements layered in, but I don’t know what yet. The work tells me what it needs next…