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devil's island

devil's island

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This is one of six prints based on six maps of the Mississippi River along southern Illinois and Missouri created by the United States Coast Survey in 1865. The maps detail the river and its environs from St. Mary's, Missouri, to Cairo, Illinois. Abstracted from the indications of towns and property owners on the original maps, these prints emphasize the mercurial nature of the river: its swooping S-curves, its powerful cuts and islands, its sometimes explosive interaction with the earth, and its human-like corporality. The names of the prints are drawn from names of major landmarks represented in that location of the river.


These original prints were made by Marika Josephson to accompany the essay "River Meanders," originally published in The New Territory Magazine.

Linocut ink on paper, layered with egg tempera made with natural pigment from southern Illinois creek stones.

Dimensions: 7 in x 7 in

Available as a print in Sepia pigment or Sepia & Rust, matted or unmatted.



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