I Am Water: Flood Atlas Page 10, a billboard near New Lebanon, NY was sponsored by Ecoartspace and Our Humanity Matters. One of a number of billboards by various artists focused on “water as a source of life that mediates our planet’s ecosystems.”
Lake Geodes consists of 72 lakes from around the world that I cut from maps. I painted graduated blue rings around each lake, representing ripples of water, flooding out from its source. The effect is reminiscent of the ringed half of a geode. I set each piece forward from the wall to further emphasize its physicality.
City Lichens is comprised of city maps from around the country. I painted graduated green color expanding out from the parks in the city as if the natural world were growing over the the footprint of the city, creating new patterns and shapes in the world.
Flood Atlas is a wall installation using 45 pages of a road atlas of the Hudson River Valley. I left the rivers untouched and with straw blew ink and paint from those rivers to imagine increased flooding due to climate change. I cut out the map around the paint and river to mark the devastating effect of flooding on the surrounding land.
Randomland is constructed from fragments of randomly collected cartographic sources. The unexpected juxtapositions revealed by maps of cities, parks, forests, wetlands and waterways reflect the current global collage of instant cyber- and cellular communication where physical location becomes increasingly irrelevant.
Governed by aesthetics of line, shape and color representing roads, rivers, contours and boundaries I reveal patterns in these manipulated formations by applying acrylic paint using a self-imposed color system informed by the maps’ legends.
The Fracked World installation uses discarded, used and found maps from around the world, collaged and stacked to depict how the earth might look when it has been scoured and hollowed out by the dynamic system that constitutes humanity’s endless quest for resources.