Nicole Pietrantoni

Precipitous

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Holds colophon and books 1-5
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Precipitous
14 feet x 6 feet

Inkjet on Awagami Inbe Thick, folded and bound into 5 accordion books (each 22 pages) that expand to create a panoramic image.

Text written by Devon Wootten

With a specific interest in printmaking’s historic relationship to representation, in this work I gesture to humans' active role in constructing and idealizing landscape. Pushing against the notion that nature is/was pristine, wild, or untouched, Precipitous gestures to a “post-natural” relationship to landscape. Nature can no longer be seen as something set apart from humans but is instead something we fundamentally alter and continue to shape.

Precipitous is a collection of handbound accordion books that expand to create a life-sized panoramic image of a rising sea. As books, the works gesture to the authority of the encyclopedic and the cataloguing of natural specimens. As an installation, they dismantle sublime images through cuts, folds, and halftone dots.

The overlaid poems by Devon Wootten are appropriations from reports issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The text draws on the language of the report, Climate Change and Water.

2014