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Ground Maps of an Unknown Prospect

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Unknown Prospect is a particular place on a map, but also a body of work surveying so-called public lands through Ochre pigments, design research, printmaking, and artist’s books. Unknown Prospect becomes an iterative atlas of mining sites and their geological memory as told through color. My print work and practice in book binding, combined with architectural training in documents and drawing, have led to an interest in maps and atlases as products of information, communication, narrative, and world-making. I wonder if these products can lead to design ethics and practices that prioritize the relationship between human and more-than-human.

As an alternative to conventional, colonial mapping practices in the United States, Ground Maps are emergent with observations from experience, facts derived and measured by technology, and multiplicities generated by Ochre on the page.

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