finding sea level

Nida, Lithuania; Berlin, Germany
2015–2016

A friend recently told me this story of a conversation he overheard once when he was sailing. Two people were standing on the deck of a boat in the middle of the ocean, looking over the bow, out over the water. One of them turned to the captain and asked, "Where's sea level?"

For Finding Sea Level, I made a “high-resolution map-making apparatus” out of wood and acrylic glass and took it down to the beach, placing it directly on the line between the land and sea. As the waves lapped onto the beach, I traced their limits and accumulated a collection of lines, recording the change in the coastline over the course of one hour. This document was later transcribed as lithographs, etching the fleeting coastline into stone.

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Altitude Sickness: Finding Sea Level
real-time coastline tracings, ink on acetate -> lithographs Nida...
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Altitude Sickness: Finding Sea Level
real-time coastline tracings, ink on acetate -> lithographs Nida...
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Altitude Sickness: Finding Sea Level
real-time coastline tracings, ink on acetate -> lithographs Nida...
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installation view

3 Zeichnerinnen (exhibition)
Hilsbach Kunst Kultur
Aurach, Germany
2016

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Where’s Sea Level? A Picture

ink on paper
Berlin, Germany
150 x 130 cm
2016

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Where’s Sea Level? A Picture (detail)

ink on paper
Berlin, Germany
150 x 130 cm
2016

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Where’s Sea Level? A Story

ink on paper
Berlin, Germany
50 x 36 cm
2016

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Where's Sea Level? A Story (detail)

ink on paper
Berlin, Germany
50 x 36 cm
2016

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Descartes at Zero Zoom

ink on paper
Berlin, Germany
24 x 18 cm
2016

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Sea Level Zoom

pencil on laser print
42 x 30 cm
2015