Hillary Mushkin

Hillary Mushkin is a visual artist and Research Professor of Art and Design at California Institute of Technology (Caltech). She started Incendiary Traces, an art, research, and media initiative, to reverse-engineer the politics of landscape visualization. To perform research, teams of artists, architects, and scholars observe and sketch at military bases, training grounds, engineering offices, and surveillance control rooms where global military and paramilitary leaders develop and use specialized landscape visualization practices. The initiative situates civilian drawing and observation as collective visual practices parallel to the military’s, while highlighting human subjectivity, gesture, and interpretation. The project is the subject of the book Hillary Mushkin: Incendiary Traces, published by the Pomona College Museum of Art.