This Land is a series of photographs and videos compiled from imagery of both Earth and Mars. The title references a Woody Guthrie song This Land is Your Land written as a critical response to Irving Berlin's God Bless America in 1940. Guthrie's song romanced about the grand American landscape while at the same time protesting its privatization and the treatment of Dust Bowl and Depression era refugees. As a tribute to Guthrie's song, my This Land puzzles over the myopic concept of divine blessing and the provinciality of an Earth-bound meaning for 'land,' as well as any notion of 'our' land in a solar system full of land objects. The series is meant to be optimistic about how science re-scales our perspectives and disrupts obsolete preconceptions with a newer poetic about where we live, what is ours, and how we fit in.

Earth (left):
Slopes of Kilimanjaro Volcano, Tanzania, Africa (detail), 2016
Image source: Google Earth; DigitalGlobe; CNES/Atrium
Latitude: 3°6'2.62"S; Longitude: 37°22'33.22"E; eye alt 18,407 feet

Mars (right):
Very Bright and Sun-Facing Gully Deposits in Hale Crater (detail), 2009
HIRISE Camera, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Image source: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona


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Stephen Nowlin is Vice President, Director, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he has initiated multiple curatorial projects with an emphasis on the superimposition of art and science.

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This Land (Series III), 2017
Epson inkjet print
21 x 20 in (53.34 x 50.8 cm) - Dimensions refer to framed work.
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This Land (Series III)
  • Dimensions
    21 x 20 in (53.34 x 50.8 cm) - Dimensions refer to framed work.