ATLAS
         
2018

This was our first project upon entering graduate school. We were assigned 12 herculean tasks and were sent around Providence to complete them and to create an archive of materials. I had to take these materials and incorporate them all into 16 page signature that I then bound into a book with the signatures of my 13 other classmates.

I remember this particular week in Providence as being very grey and rainy. There was remnants of the summer humidity in the air with a slight chill of the winter that was approaching. I began my tasks by first entering into the Providence Athenaeum, and selecting a few books by chance. I landed on three books which drove the narrative of my spreads: a book of the universe, a poem about a “Matriarch” and a book about Middle Eastern mythology. I also spent this week exploring both the natural and industrial spaces of Providence, and spent several hours by the ocean. As a result my section of the Atlas maps the Venus Aphrodite Crater, with excerpts of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, my own writing and images of what I observed during my first weeks in an unknown place.