The Imposing Grid is series of paintings inspired by an investigation of the geographical, topographical and architectural history of Brooklyn, New York. While researching her design thesis site, Kristen observed a phenomenon through scaled graphic landmaps dating from The preagrarian marshlands of New Amsterdam to the present NYC subway map: As man-made infrastructure permeated New York’s landscape its borders began to expand. Its natural landforms were distended and subdivided by an emerging grid. Meanwile, as fill spread into the Hudson River, the river’s edge was transformed into a thriving industrial port, America's First.This phenomenon is evidenced graphically when maps are overlaid chronologically. The resulting collage provides an interesting opportunity to explore the change through solid and void.The map graphics and visual information are abstracted map through a process of elimination and inclusion, of layering transparencies, to create new compostions.