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Itinerary Map West Through Space and Time

Sage Dawson's avatar Sage Dawson

Cartographies of Ruin aims to document and present lost, abandoned, and forgotten sites. These works emphasize the momentariness of time and memory that is suggested by the nature of these spaces. In the case of abandoned sites, their gradual destruction implies a history which unfolds from past to present, and on to their precarious survival in the future. Whether neglected over years or taken quickly in a fire–along with their contents, they become collections: the delicate remains of architecture, fragments of belongings, decaying documents, ash and dirt. The sentimental and the circumstantial are presented and catalogued equally, matter-of-factly, as artifacts. In this way, the work aims to better understand how the production and destruction of spaces affects people collectively.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: Collagraph, monotype and acrylic on Japanese Rice Paper
  • Width: 23 feet 9 inches
  • Year created: 2009
  • Height: 7 feet 10 inches