Chacaltaya, 2011

Artist book, handmade linen paper, linoleum block prints, hand cutting, digital prints, Coptic binding, artist made box, 9 in x 15 in x 2 in.

Through paper cutting, Chacaltaya documents the disappearance of Bolivia’s Chacaltaya glacier, from its size measured in 1940, to when it vanished completely due to global warming in 2009, a few years prior to the prediction of its disappearance. It stresses South America’s need for fresh water, which for many people comes only from glacial runoff during a portion of the year. The cut paper creates an emptiness in the book, echoing the void in the Andes where once there was a source of fresh water.

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