Moss Maps
C-prints, each 13.5 x 20 inches, 1992

There is a type of lichen which is very common in the Finnish archipelago and my family's summer house sits on a large granite hill covered with it. I have always seen certain shapes as islands or continents, and decided to affix rub-on letters directly to the lichens to identify them as the places I recognized. When I had finished, the whole hill had become a kind of scrambled atlas. The Moss Maps series consists of about 20 photographs like those shown here.

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