Detail View: Environmental Futures: Selected works from “Mapping Bodily Connections” series

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Selected works from “Mapping Bodily Connections” series
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Artist's statement: A map is an abstraction – a cultural system designed for and designated to geographies and topographies in order to better understand what is too vast to be comprehended through experience alone. It is not until the maps leads us to at a vista, a grotto, or an individual tree that we enter the realm of tactile, sensory awareness – making the abstraction reality. // We see the sun cast its light on the tree, and we grasp why it favors growth in a particular direction. We feel the strong wind blowing off the mesa and we understand why the tree is so twisted and wild. We see a spray painted mark on its trunk and, all the sudden, we are aware of its destiny. It is then we are able to formulate a more complex understanding, fusing the overlays of topography, geography and human penetrations pulled from computers and government files, laid out on paper, and the juniper tree we have been sitting with for twelve hours, diligently drawing. When we pick up our pencil and leave, space has become place. The experience plots its mark upon our bodies and minds. We carry the familiarity of a small portion of the map away with us, knowing a little bit more about the world we occupy.
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Erika Osborne (American, active ca. 1995 to present)
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Artist's statement: Erika Osborne received her BFA from the University of Utah in painting and drawing and her MFA from the University of New Mexico. Erika’s artwork deals with cultural connections to place and environment, which garnered her a Fullbright fellowship in 2019. She has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, with over ten solo exhibitions and over 80 group exhibitions in recent years. She is currently an Associate Professor at Colorado State University.
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maps (documents)
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topography (image-making)
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environment (earth sciences concept)
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Co-Terminous (exhibition)
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digital prints
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drawings (visual works)
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maps (documents)
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Work Material and Technique (display): 
digital prints and graphite on paper
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various dimensions
Work Location (Repository or Site) name: 
Union Hall (Denver, Colorado)
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Denver, Colorado
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© Matthew Pevear
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© Erika Osborne
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Environmental Futures
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