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Talk About Art: “Mapping Home”
Scott Mills moved back to his childhood home of Maple City in 2014 after spending 10 years away. He quickly realized he needed to get reacquainted with his home turf. Mills talks about the tracking and mapping project he created to do just that. This program is open to the public at no charge.
In order to reorient himself to the land and get reacquainted with the peninsula that called him back home from the Pacific Northwest, Mills began walking the unmarked trails and remnant roads that thread through the forests and over the dunes nearby. These “old ways” and their histories so captivated him that he began to plot their routes on a map and describe his passages in writing. Repeated walks in all seasons exposed new dimensions to these old ways, as well as older ways extending back to the Pleistocene. Mills continues to discover, follow and map these ways, and he is currently at work on a body of prose and poetry describing his ongoing passages.
“Mapping Home” is offered in conjunction with the GAAC exhibition “New Views: Home/Place,” in the GAAC gallery from June 7 – August 8.