Nature of Change Map #1: Riverview

It’s funny.  My family moved up to this area a long time ago from Southern California. Let’s just say the move didn’t go well.  At all. The epicenter of the wave of changes was Renton. So it seems fitting somehow that I would take a show about the nature of change to an area that represents so much change for me.

This show will hang through April, with a reception on April 23rd.  The maps come with a narrative of sorts, some history, some context around process.  All of the maps were worked with natural and native plant pigments as the medium.  Here’s the first narrative:

Where the maps came from: A while back a friend gave me a bundle of old maps drawn up on linen that detailed eastern King County as it was in the late 30’s and early 40’s.  She said she got them from a government agency that relegated them to a dumpster by the box load.

Most of the maps were marked WPA Project #2541; all of the maps had notes from the 30’s to the 60’s and some to 1970.  The maps had been transferred to both microfiche and modern survey records and were no longer of use to the county.

I selected 10 maps to tell a story of change over time: disruption, destruction and opportunity; ghosts and lingering stories; loss and healing. The use of natural and native plant pigments and a birds-eye view to explore this change over time allowed participation with the maps while maintaining the narrative of the maps themselves.

The innate energy of the maps evoked considerations of how nature bends and shapes around events, and how we humans are part of that evolving landscape.