What is the Abstract Atlas?

In short, the Abstract Atlas is my way of organizing and connecting the work that I do both as a geographer and as an artist. It is somewhat, though not entirely, seperate from my scientific writing and is indeed quite seperate from my physical paintings, but not entirely seperate from the concepts which I use to create them. I want to create a space where information and questions, discussions and ideas can grow, where I can keep track of some of the things that I come across in these two disciplines that I think are worthy of sharing with the world.

This is a blog, of sorts, though to me it feels like it will become much more than that. Let’s see. The idea is a few years in the making and started, more or less, when I was writing my bachelor’s thesis in 2017. I had begun painting again around this time and it was an enormous help in terms of brainstorming and relaxing after long hours at my computer. When I was writing, my mind was filled with ecological issues related to waste; particularly the production of food waste in the United States, which was, in 2017, around 40% of the food produced (source). When I switched gears and stepped in front of a painting, my mind was still preoccupied with thoughts of waste and ecological impacts. I would stare blankly at the running water in my sink as it turned from the crystal clear water of the Rockies, to a toxic, sour greyish brown as it bubbled down the drain. It felt strange, but it felt like I had no other options. So I started coming up with ways I could avoid dumping these toxic chemical paints into our water supply. You can read about them here:

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