cartographies of an expedition

2016

Partial view of installation from a series of seven cartographical artifacts mounted on steel plate (1,5 mm), and seven graphite drawings (127 x 97 cm)

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.Cartographies of an Expedition is a study of a collection of seven rocks gathered along the course of several journeys through the North American continent; materialized through large format graphite drawings and site specific cartographical artifacts.

Like in the expedition, the concepts of landmark, specimen, cartography, and topography are implemented as a means to explore ideas related to material displacement, and to question the cultural devices used to structure and understand space. These processes of juxtaposition generate tensions between the land-scape and the law-scape, the cartographic and the geopoetic, the fluidity of the environment and the rigid construct of the geopolitic -while establishing relationships between micro and macro geographic scales.

Out of respect and in consideration for the geological history preceding the finding of these stones, I developed a series of cartographical artifacts, including map sections, latitude and longitude coordinates, photographs taken at the sites, and sample textures. Trying to understand the stone as an abstracted landscape extraction, I carefully studied the surface of a section within these rocks and made a series of graphite drawings. Once these were finished, the area corresponding to the drawing was excavated in the stone.

 

Graphite on Hahnem├╝hle paper 127 x 97 cm
Framed: 136 x 106,5 x 4,5 cm

Rocks, hydrocal, historical map fragments and photographs mounted on steel plates..