I was cleaning out the studio this morning and came across the most interesting collection of maps. They were in a worn manila folder titled “USGS – Miscellaneous Investigations”. Inside that folder was another folder titled “Map Showing Potential Hazards From Future Eruptions of Mount Rainier, Washington. 1973.”
The maps contain color-coated lava. The area around Mt. Rainier is divided into areas of high, moderate, and low risk, based on where the lava is most likely to flow. There is a lot to puzzle over in these maps, but they did inspire this new painting of the Disasterland series. And if you were considering a relocation to the little town of Orting, you might want to think again.