Anita Hunt

Anita Hunt

These intaglio collages were built from abandoned proofs of a strange, dark landscape I made in 2004, an image which suggested many things but had always felt unresolved. I adhered to a few simple rules: each new composition would consist of a single deconstructed print using as many of the pieces as possible with minimal waste. I would not create any new materials or add any handwork. Only the suminagashi marbled paper I had in the drawer was fair game. I cut, folded and endlessly rearranged the puzzle pieces before I pasted anything. As I worked, I reimagined my original landscape in light of the planetary upheavals of climate catastrophe. I considered how the earth might evolve in the post-anthropocene period, as climate change and mass extinction pushes the world toward a drastically more elemental phase of existence with many fewer life forms. I contemplated historic depictions of natural phenomena and catastrophic visions, fossil records and geological timelines. What will the next earthly era look like? What will survive to evolve? These little dystopias emerged as possible futures.

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