I made a zine about mountains! Thinking like a mountain is a term coined by Aldo Leopold in his book A Sand County Almanac in 1949. Leopold discusses the thought process as a holistic view on where one stands in the entire ecosystem. To think like a mountain means to have a complete appreciation for the profound interconnectedness of the elements in the ecosystems. It is an ecological exercise using the intricate web of the natural environment.
This zine represents many things for me: a new way of starting a project, a physical representation of research done, and a version of a journal. Working in this way was new for me and I honestly felt pretty excited about it. Often when starting a project I’m involved in a variety of thoughts/research, whether reading theory, studying artists, writing about my feelings, or just looking up data. I found it very useful to combine these different types of thoughts/research all into one place in a way that I have not done before.
My goal in this zine was to
Provide some basic research on mountains, in the form of data on mountains, some info on mountain top removal coal mining and glacier melt
Present a few proposals on how I might care for mountains
Explore my relationship to mountains
Show examples of artists who work with mountains
You can buy the zine from me! Link below