acrylic on ink on poly poplin fabric on LED lightbox
52 x 40 x 2.5 inches.
This is a painted version of the FEMA flood map of Alexandria, VA, back-lit, showing with an icon the location of the gallery where it is to be exhibited… underwater, according to the FEMA prediction, once in every 100 years, but based on recent weather statistics, actually more like once in every 8 years.”
For those of you with low vision…
This is a backlit painting of a map showing a vertical band of dark blue-green river on the right with a pale grey area of city streets, marked with dark grey shadows and some green landscape elements, sectioned with brightly colored areas near the shore which represent zones of flooding in cyan and in turquoise. These zones also appear scattered up into the left corner, with two other more muted zones at the bottom of the composition. Some graphic lines and marks, and names and numbers appear as vestiges of the actual map. The most dominant motif is a bright graphic border in fluorescent chartreuse all around the four sides that shows a universal icon for waves of water submerging a house and a human with arms raised in a cry for help.