Rio Chama Water Log



The finished book, front cover


The back of the finished book.

Pulling “Rio Chama Water Log” from the river

Yesterday I went to Abiquiu and fished my water log of the Rio Chama out of the river. It had been soaking in the water for about three weeks. The tether had gotten snagged on some sticks and the book was totally submerged and beautifully encrusted with mud.   After going into the water and searching under the muck, I found the book and unraveled it from the sticks.  The interior of the book is pages of maps and logs of the Rio Chama.  I want hints of the content to show, but I am planning on keeping the book “bound”. Here is the book in the water, and the finished book.

"Rio Chama Water Log" soaking in the river.


About Julie Wagner

I was born in Wisconsin, and grew up on the east coast, wandering the woods, collecting leaves, bones, and bugs. After earning a BA from Oberlin College, studying sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum School, and receiving an MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, I moved to a rural town in northern New Mexico where I live with my blacksmith husband, and a long series of dogs and cats. My work is based on the natural environment where I live, maps, scientific diagrams and microscopic images. My work is in public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.
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