VIDE INFRA

Vide Infra is a Latin term meaning "see below," historically used in charts and texts to refer viewers to further information listed elsewhere. In this body of work, I'm considering different ways of mapping and charting information. Photographing medical anatomy charts overlayed with maps of Antarctica, I imagine what could have been lost in translation in these representations of humans and landscapes. I've always been fascinated with anatomical depictions, charts, and maps, and how most of the identity of what they attempt to describe is stripped away in the end product. Using re-arranged text from didactic blurbs printed on the maps, carbon, encaustic medium, paper, and fabric, the prints become maps of something ineffable.

The Line Between Them (Ovaries), 2016
Archival inkjet print, paper collage, encaustic medium, and carbon

Rendezvous (Penis), 2016
Archival inkjet print, paper collage, encaustic medium, and carbon

Glacier Tongue (Mouth), 2016
Archival inkjet print, paper collage, encaustic medium, and carbon

Closest Approach to Land (Eye), 2016
Archival inkjet print, paper collage, encaustic medium, and carbon

© Leah Swenson 2020