Vortex, 2022

Installation view, Compton Verney, UK

Electric wires and metal
108 x 60 in. I 274 x 152 cm

The tense borders intersecting rivers that flow between them form Vortex. This wall drawing has been made using electrical cables, a material that is symbolic of human connection, the transmission of energy and the exchange of ideas. The artist began by delineating borders between countries entangled in disagreements over their shared river waters. These outlines of manmade political borders were then repurposed and rearranged, with the lines coming together to form a thumbprint. The imprint stands as a poignant reminder that human interventions persistently reshape and impact the natural landscape.

Photo credit: Jamie Woodley