Collaborative Work by Karin Davis and Summer Ventis

In these collaborative pieces,  we translate texts, word by word, into color maps. In our individual bodies of work, we deal with interpretation of the physical landscape. As we collaborate over distance, language becomes the landscape that we share. Each map consists of our individual interpretations of a text, facing each other as mirror-images, with Summer's interpretation on the left and Karin's on the right. This mirroring draws attention to the translation process as an attempt to see the text, ourselves, and each other.

Elizabeth Bishop, you, and me  Approx. 7" x 11" / Two-Page Book; Watercolor, Graphite, and Correction Tape  on Rives BFK / 2015

Elizabeth Bishop, you, and me

 Approx. 7" x 11" / Two-Page Book; Watercolor, Graphite, and Correction Tape  on Rives BFK / 2015

Second Each Piece 13" x 10" / Watercolor, Graphite, and Correction Tape on Arches Cover / 2016

Second

Each Piece 13" x 10" / Watercolor, Graphite, and Correction Tape on Arches Cover / 2016

O America America Each Piece 16" x 11" / Watercolor, Graphite, Correction Tape, and Hot-Stamped Foil on Arches Cover / 2017

O America America

Each Piece 16" x 11" / Watercolor, Graphite, Correction Tape, and Hot-Stamped Foil on Arches Cover / 2017

Indivisible Each Piece 4" x 7.5" / Watercolor and Graphite on Arches Cover / 2017

Indivisible

Each Piece 4" x 7.5" / Watercolor and Graphite on Arches Cover / 2017

White-Headed Eagle Each Piece 11" x 8.5" / Watercolor, Graphite, Correction Tape, and Hot-Stamped Foil on Arches Cover / 2017

White-Headed Eagle

Each Piece 11" x 8.5" / Watercolor, Graphite, Correction Tape, and Hot-Stamped Foil on Arches Cover / 2017

Conquer We Must Each Piece 13.25" x 9.75" / Watercolor, Graphite, Correction Tape, and Hot-Stamped Foil on Arches Cover / 2017

Conquer We Must

Each Piece 13.25" x 9.75" / Watercolor, Graphite, Correction Tape, and Hot-Stamped Foil on Arches Cover / 2017

Huddled, Breathe Each Piece 7" x 20" / Watercolor, Graphite, and Hot-Stamped Foil on Arches Cover / 2017

Huddled, Breathe

Each Piece 7" x 20" / Watercolor, Graphite, and Hot-Stamped Foil on Arches Cover / 2017

Cut in Each Piece 10.75" x 7.25" / Watercolor and Graphite on Arches Cover / 2017

Cut in

Each Piece 10.75" x 7.25" / Watercolor and Graphite on Arches Cover / 2017