In Mounds, Chumakova explores man’s manipulation of land. The photographs depict piles of topsoil, gathered at building sites of suburban developments. For centuries, soil has been dearly valued as a means for growing food among rural societies. Here, at these building sites, topsoil is considered a burden. The mounds look like sculptures within a landscape. They provide an opportunity for aesthetic exploration, while asking the viewer to consider the value of topsoil.