Emily Myerscough is an interdisciplinary artist combining documentary photography, scientific methodologies, and a conceptually-based practice to explore the visual limits of objective reporting. She received a BA in Political Science from New College of Florida and is currently completing an MFA in Photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work has been supported by grants from the Nellie Mae Foundation and the Society for Photographic Education, and has been exhibited in New York and the Southeast. Today we feature her series, The Mountain is Something More than a Vast Green Expanse.The Mountain is Something More than a Vast Green Expanse
The Masaya Caldera in southwestern Nicaragua is one of the most active calderas in the world. While still in its formative years, Spanish conquistador Francisco Bobadilla climbed to the top and christened it La Boca del Infierno [The Mouth of Hell], leaving behind a small wooden cross to exorcise the surrounding landscape. Four centuries later, the site was re-christened Nicaragua’s first National Park by (then) dictator Anastasio Somoza, on the eve of the decade-long Contra War.
The Mountain is Something More than a Vast Green Expanse is an on-going effort to trace the contours of the geological and social history of the Masaya Caldera, making visible the points of intersection between science, politics, and aesthetics within the land. Like the crater itself, significant facts tend to shift and erode, covered up by new layers and stories – which will themselves, in time, disappear.
To view more of Emily’s work please visit her website.