The Mississippi River has brought both immense wealth and inevitable disaster along the banks of our Cities. Despite the control systems we have created to tame this vein, the River continues to command its own dimensions, efface boundaries, property lines, and instruments of cultural and colonial power. Palimpsest is a visual manuscript rooted in mapping and cartography, transcribing the movement at the intersection of the Levee walls of the Industrial Canal and the silt base of the Mississippi River. The movement is recorded visually by hand over hundreds of hours to create imagery that is descriptive and projective on acetate sheets, celebrating the displacement of silt, water and physical space.
Wood, Inkjet on Clear Film, Adhesive and Brass
19.25 x 16 x 49 Inches
Photo Credit: Joseph P. Walton
This work is inspired by my life where the Mississippi River meets the Industrial Canal, known by locals as "The End of the World" and the phenomenal book Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape by Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha.