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Proof of Movement, 2017 

2x16’ Hand-printed woodcut on Mulberry paper

Made with my close friend and collaborative partner, Natalie Sassine, after Hurricane Irma hit Florida, our home.

Natalie and I referenced Google Map images of past and current homes. We rendered both specific and created locations referencing movement and passage of time. Although both of our families were affected by Hurricane Irma, they remained safe, but thoughts of losing home lingered in our conversations. Documentation of rebuilding after the storm can be seen in this map through the markings we’ve created. We created a key which has four sections dedicated to specific markings: Places lived, communication route, rebuilding home, and proof of movement. This caused us to think of mapping in a more primitive way. This woodcut was printed two different ways: using a steamroller with blankets as a press and by hand-printing onto thin Mulberry paper. This collaborative effort became an integral part of this piece. Because we have not had to rebuild or relocate our home, we were reaching into memories that are not fully our own. This action of carving the woodblock together became meditations on collective experiences. We can’t control how natural elements respond to the world, but we can document our state of existence within it.

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