Founding River Book
Ceramic, cyanotype on cotton, and wood
"This book is made from James River (formerly Powhatan River) debris in Virginia, US, printed on cyanotype and housed in a ceramic container.
The James River, originating in the Appalachian Mountains, flows 348 miles to the Chesapeake Bay. Known as America's "founding river," it was the site of the first permanent English colony at Jamestown in 1607 and Virginia's first colonial capital at Williamsburg. The Powhatan and Monacan Tribes lived in the area for nearly 2000 years before European arrival.
This book documents what the river metabolizes, moves, and discards, including seeds of native and invasive species, organic matter, and garbage, creating a record of the river's history and current life.
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