Paper Trail: Endangered Species of the Southwest

For better or worse, only a small fraction of the life-forms threatened by human activity have been given "official status" in our society's voluminous written record. For this series we ask: How are plants and animals portrayed (or ignored) on paper? How do documents affect their survival? How do printed words shape and express our understanding of endangered species?

Cyanotype, historically both a medium of artistic expression and a tool for technical documentation, unites with papél picado, a Mexican art form with pre-Hispanic roots, to tell the stories of plants and animals caught up in the “development” of the American Southwest. These objects were made in collaboration with master papél picado artist Catalina Delgado Trunk. View more of her work at .

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