Unnatural Landscapes of Utah

My second day in Green River as an artist-in-residence, I was researching on Google Earth on how I might be able to drive up close to the infamous Moab Potash Ponds. In the process, I was mesmerized by some of the other mines and related land use facilities in Utah from above and began to take some screen captures. As a small exercise that would end up largely shaping the direction of my work, I cut out the images and composed them into a collage. This collage eventually evolved into a repeating fabric pattern, which was used in the Romance of Mining dress and in the back of the Romance of Mining quilt.

 
 
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The Romance of Mining is a body of work that explores the intersection of natural history, land use, and the human impulses for love, control, and conflict. To see the full body of work, visit the Romance of Mining website. This work was made possible by Epicenter.