Naiads protected fresh water sources in classical mythology. My ink drawings of river nymphs on reproduction North American colonial maps mark the passage from millennia of “uncharted territory” to the disappearance of countless indigenous cultures, and extensive environmental changes, that began during the European exploration and settlement of the New World. Their bodies passively incorporate waterways renamed by the colonizing peoples.
Ink and pencil on archival reproductions of North American colonial era maps, sizes variable, 2018-2019
The above two "Naiads of the Anthropocene" published in the Autumn 2019 edition Orion Magazine.