Political/Hydrological is a river-centered atlas that proposes a new socio-political structure for the United States based on freshwater systems. In this eco-centric vision, state boundaries are defined by watershed divides. Rivers move from margin to center, positioned at the heart of each political entity. In this way, water is given priority, not as a resource to be exploited, but as the defining element of social and biological systems.
Originally produced as a limited run of four bound artist books, each individual map is now available here as an archival pigment print. The four original editions now reside in the permanent collections of Bank of America and the Joseph C. Sloane Art Library Collection of Artists’ Books and Zines, as well as in private collections.