Camouflaged Lives: The Geometry of Hidden Cities


12″ x 12″ x 2″

plywood, plexiglass, acrylic, resin, epoxy, limited edition photo print


In 2005, I lived in Morocco for the duration of my first Fulbright grant. On a road trip down to the deep south of the country – my favorite place on the face of the earth – my friends and I passed so many hidden villages and camouflaged towns, built seamlessly into the sides of the Atlas Mountains.

This piece attempts to give viewers a sense of the architectural wonder that is such hidden cities, by rendering the cascading depths of the homes, spaces of worship, and businesses set into the side of mountainous curves – stepping, bit by bit, out in front of the onlooker’s face even as the natural wonder behind blends the mystery into a seemingly effortless abstract painting.

I have never traveled through the Kingdom of Morocco without marveling at the gorgeous scenery, the pristine natural world, and the harmony of architectural spaces fading into the divine’s handiwork – while wondering about the everyday lives of those who wake and sleep everyday to imagery I cannot imagine failing to strike awe and reverence into one’s heart.


Published by amandaerogers

AKA Ms. Entropy, Your Lady of Chaos (Theory). Angry academic seeking tenure track gig. Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, Colgate University. I'm sarcastic, curse & I probably need a nap.

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