Saguaro Land: Phoenix artist Jen Urso focuses on really tiny spaces and maps

By Mark Brodie
Published: Thursday, October 19, 2023 - 10:48am

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Saguaro Land is a series from The Show looking at the Sonoran Desert — the lushest, hottest desert in the world that happens to be our home.

Second edition of Jen Urso
Jen Urso
Second edition of Jen Urso's cactus map.

The Show is again taking a look at maps. But the maps made by Jen Urso won’t necessarily help you get from point A to point B. Instead, they’ll help you get a better understanding of where you actually are.

Urso is a Phoenix artist, although she’s originally from the Philadelphia area. She’s done a project where she mapped cactus across the city, and she generally prefers taking a look at the spaces many other people walk right past.

The Show sat down with Urso at her home to talk about her work and what about maps appeals to her.

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