Map works > Extinction Studies

2018 - ongoing

In my recent series entitled Extinction Studies, I look back to the past to help imagine the future. Fascinated with finding so many locations that have animals’ names such as Little Otter Pond or Salmon River on the maps of Adirondacks, I started tracing the names of these animals and other creatures from the maps and covering everything else in black ink.

This work is my attempt to imagine both past and future, as scientists suspect that we may be living through a sixth mass-extinction of species in Earth’s history. In the era of Anthropocene, we are experiencing loss and death of thousands of species at a significantly faster rate.

What will be left on Earth?

Map of Saranac Lake and Surrounding Area, 1954
India Ink on BFK Rives Paper
42.5"x 53"
2019
Map of Upper Saranc Lake and Surrounding Area, 1954, detail
India Ink on BFK Rives Paper
42.5"x 53"
2019
Map of Upper Saranac Lake and Surrounding Area, 1954, detail
India Ink on BFK Rives Paper
42.5"x 53"
2019
Map of Saranac Lake and Surrounding Area, 1954, detail
India Ink on BFK Rives Paper
42.5"x 53"
2019
Map of Raquette Lake, New York, Provisional Edition 1997
India ink and acid-free white pen on BFK Rives paper
31.5"x 42"
2019
Map of Raquette Lake, New York, Provisional Edition 1997, detail
India ink and acid-free white pen on BFK Rives paper
31.5"x 42"
2019
Map of Raquette Lake, New York, Provisional Edition 1997, detail
India ink and acid-free white pen on BFK Rives paper
31.5"x 42"
2019
Map of Raquette Lake, New York, Provisional Edition 1997, detail
India ink and acid-free white pen on BFK Rives paper
31.5"x 42"
2019
Map of Raquette Lake, New York, Provisional Edition 1997, detail
India ink and acid-free white pen on BFK Rives paper
31.5"x 42"
2019
Map of Raquette Lake, New York, Provisional Edition 1997
India ink and acid-free white pen on BFK Rives paper
31.5"x 42"
2019