By Amanda Burnham
4″x6″, 106 pages
This beautifully crafted collection is the result of an endurance drawing project: shortly after the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, artist Amanda Burnham set out to draw every individual (104 total) who is serving as a member of the United States Senate during the 115th Congress. This impulse arose from her desire to better know the sometimes opaque and arcane machinations of the federal government. Deep diving into the intimidatingly vast primary source of C-Span’s digital archive in the hunt for source imagery not only allowed Burnham to grapple with the humanity of the members through the slow and contemplative process of observational drawing, but also became an access point to a trove of illuminating procedural and biographical knowledge. Any detailed information is stripped away, leaving us only with the drawings on translucent vellum and the date of the footage from which they came. The cover includes a seal printed in transparent ink.