Map works > Extinction Studies

2019 - ongoing

In my "Extinction Studies" series, I research maps of Adirondack region in northern New York state and trace animals’ names from the maps. On these maps, I was fascinated by finding so many places that bear animals’ names, such as “Little Otter Pond” or “Salmon River.” In my drawings, these names are left blank by carefully painting around the texts and everything else in black India ink. Floating in the sea of blackness, these names become stars in the sky, constellations, and ghosts of our memories of places we hold dear.

The Adirondack Forest Preserve in 1885 was prompted by the public outcry over water quality and deforestation of the land in the Adirondack region. Today’s Adirondack Park, a six-million acre of public and private lands, was established in 1892 to protect the region from uncontrolled deforestation.

The Adirondack region became a very important place in my heart since 2005 when I was introduced to this magical place through an art residency.

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 Saranac 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 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
India ink and acid-free white pen on BFK Rives paper
31.5"x 42"
2019
Work in progress: Installation, detail
India ink on paper
Variable
2019
Work in progress: Installation, detail
India ink on paper
Variable
2019
Work in progress: Installation, detail
India ink on paper
Variable
2019
Work in progress: Installation, detail
India ink on paper
Variable
2019
Work in progress: Installation, detail
India ink on paper
Variable
2019
Lit Otter Big Otter
India ink on paper
2019
Duck Moose
India ink on paper
2019
Lit Salmon
India ink on paper
2019
Moose Elk Elk Deadwate
India ink on paper
2019
Moose
India ink on paper
2019
Moose Lost
India ink on paper
2019
Mosquito
India ink on paper
2019
Trou
India ink on paper
2019
Trout Moose Wild Goose Big Moose
India ink on paper
2019
Trout
India ink on paper
2019
Trout
India ink on paper
2019