The Mark

Sarah Sense, American, born 1980



Woven archival inkjet prints on Hahnemühle bamboo paper, Hahnemühle rice paper, beeswax, artist tape

Sheet: 40 × 40 in. (101.6 × 101.6 cm)

Frame: 44 1/2 × 44 1/2 in. (113 × 113 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Robert J. Strasenburgh II 1942 Fund

© Sarah Sense



Place Made: United States, North America


21st century

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Signed and dated on recto Signed, titled, and dated on verso


Sarah Sense makes intricate artworks by weaving digital photographs and archival materials into traditional Chitimacha and Choctaw basket designs. The Mark uses maps from the Geological Investigation of Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River, a project led by Harold Fisk in 1944 that charted the tributaries and currents of the Mississippi River in the interests of damming them to alter the river’s path. Using a pattern that recalls the insides of a muscadine grape, Sense creates a dissonant cartography of place, rendering Fisk’s map illegible to the viewer. According to Sense, her intervention upon this map is grounded in the reclamation of Indigenous place through a “process of decolonization that disassembles the names and meanings that were forced upon [it] through colonization.”

From the 2024 exhibition [Un]Mapping: Decolonial Cartographies of Place, curated by Beatriz Yanes Martinez, Hood Museum Board of Advisors Mutual Learning Fellow, Curatorial and Exhibitions

Exhibition History

[Un]Mapping: Decolonial Cartographies of Place, Harteveldt Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 8 -November 3, 2024.


Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, New York; sold to present collection, 2023.

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