Black Maps/Vivid Waters: Beauty and Horror in David Maisel's The Lake Project and Terminal Mirage

Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Research Paper

Degree Name



Art & Art History

First Advisor

Annabeth Headrick


David Maisel, Criticism and interpretation, Landscape photography, Utah, Great Salt Lake, Aerial photographs, Owens Lake, Inyo County, California, Photography, Artistic, Exhibitions


"This paper examines The Lake Project and Terminal Mirage, the two components of David Maisel’s Black Maps series that concern water. Like the section of the Salt Lake chosen by Robert Smithson for his seminal Spiral Jetty, the alkaline waters Maisel photographs are subject to infestations of bacteria that that give them a visceral hue. Smithson provides a reference for this work; the artists are notable for their shared site, disorienting scale, and attraction to entropy"


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