The Mapping of Jan Mayen is a bookwork that reinterprets an archive of scientific papers, maps, photographs and rock samples found by the artist amongst the collections of the University of Bristol’s School of Earth Sciences during an EarthArt Fellowship. Interweaving episodes of memory, materiality, science, history and geography, the book tells—and ecologises—the story of a 1938 surveying expedition to the Arctic island of Jan Mayen made by Donald Ashby, a young geologist.

Between April and June 2019 the artist led three informal evening events based around the work. These included readings and a chance to explore an installation of the work in the geological collections storeroom.

Partly numbered and signed edition of 100 copies. 112pp, includes eleven written texts, twenty two photographs and one throwout map page. Copies available here for £15 plus postage.

Milo Newman


The Mapping of Jan Mayen

By the Mark, the Deep















All Words & Images © Milo Newman