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Silence has a presence

Posted by Elizabeth Ingraham on May 19, 2015 in attention, audio, mapping, nebraska, travel | No Comments

“Silence can be a plan rigorously executed the blueprint to a life It is a presence it has a history a form Do not confuse it with any kind of absence” —Adrienne Rich Orfield Lab’s anechoic chamber, a three-dimensional sound “sponge,” is the quietest place on Earth. It is designed to keep out all external […]

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Mapping and Sensing

Posted by Elizabeth Ingraham on May 18, 2015 in attention, mapping, nebraska | No Comments

The irony doesn’t escape me. Our capacities for remote sensing increase daily. Nothing is beyond our digital and disembodied grasp: the floor of the ocean, the depths of Antarctica, the surfaces of Mars, even our own lives, as bots scour the web for information for (and about) us. We are captivated by what we see […]

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Sidney Draw

Posted by Elizabeth Ingraham on May 14, 2015 in attention, mapping, nebraska, travel | No Comments

draw: trace or produce a line or mark; pull or guide; extract draw: a natural ditch or drain; a shallow valley Last year I drove from Lincoln (Section 52 in my grid) to Scottsbluff (Section 37) to give a workshop as part of Picturing Nebraska. As usual, I took the long way round—3 days and […]

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Prairie Skin and Alchemy

Posted by Elizabeth Ingraham on April 24, 2015 in mapping, nebraska, prairie skin, studio | 5 Comments

We must use what we have to invent what we desire. —Adrienne Rich alchemy: a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation or combination Prairie Skin, a work in progress, is a life-size, reversible, pieced and quilted construction which is large enough to wrap a body. Part of my Mapping Nebraska project, this piece is informed by my travels […]

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What the water knows – Part 2

Posted by Elizabeth Ingraham on April 4, 2015 in audio, mapping, textiles, water | 1 Comment

When I stitch the landscape Travel its contours Carving a canyon Traversing a slope Subduing low-lying land with hatching My fabric terrain is neutral Colorless and abstracted, like the map, except for the water which is stitched in blue Listen to more at

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What the water knows – Part 1

Posted by Elizabeth Ingraham on April 3, 2015 in mapping, water | No Comments

How many creeks have I drawn on my Locator Map? Every one that I could see. I’d look at a topographic map and draw with pencil on 12 inch squares of Tyvek. I would branch off from a river and continue, my line growing finer and fainter, until the creek, and my line, disappeared. I began […]

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Mapping Nebraska

Posted by Elizabeth Ingraham on March 26, 2015 in mapping, nebraska, studio | 2 Comments

The traveler who has lost his way doesn’t want to know where he is. What he wants to know is “where are the others?”
— Alfred North Whitehead I’m mapping Nebraska: making a stitched, drawn and digitally imaged cartography of the state where I live. Locating myself. And the viewer. Trying to understand the place where […]

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