3 Beekman Street
Beacon, New York
In 1972 Michelle Stuart began working on a group of large-scale paper scrolls that incorporated frottage
(a rubbing technique) with graphite to capture the uneven and unique topography of the earth’s surface. Stuart—who developed an interest in documenting the specificities of land formations while working as a topographical draftsman for the United States Army Corps of Engineers—has described her rubbing process
as “making something manifest that you couldn’t really see otherwise.”
Image: Michelle Stuart, Sayreville Strata Quartet, 1976. Courtesy the artist and Leslie Tonkonow
Artworks + Projects, New York. @Michelle Stuart. Photo Bill Jacobson Studio, New York.