Borders

September-October 2018

The Butcher & The Baker

Telluride, CO

 

“The lines of national borders on maps are artificial constructs, as unnatural to us as they are to birds flying overhead. Our first impulse is to ignore them.”

-Mohsin Hamid
 

In the current social and political climate, political borders have become an unavoidable topic.  But borders are more than lines on maps; they have cultural, political, and environmental consequences.  

 

In this series, I chose to represent a variety of borders.  Political borders include the US/Mexico border wall, and the Slovenia/Croatia razor-wire fence.  Public land borders include the severely reduced boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.  And, finally, environmental borders include mapping of minimum Arctic sea ice over the past 30 years, and the plastic build-up of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.