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Saguaro Land: Phoenix artist maps the anatomy of birds, animals and insects of the Sonoran Desert

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.

Phoenix artist and educator Monica Aissa Martinez incorporates maps into her work — but not in the way you might imagine.

Instead, Martinez is focused on mapping the anatomy and physiology of birds, animals and insects of the Sonoran Desert.

The Show paid her a visit at her studio to find out where her interest in maps comes from.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.