42" x 54"
Maps of the Imagination reflects my interest in maps, cartography, topography and the residue of human footprint. Creating an underlying structural grid, poured paints and richly layered surfaces reveal and conceals the strata and crust of evolved time. The topographies lead the viewer on a path beyond maps, grids, and lines, into an unknowable geography where surface, strata, and landforms evoke a sense of an imaginary place.
Over the past ten years I have produced several portfolios that combine cartography with abstraction by layering scraps of maps, discarded paint skins, vinyl and fabric with paint on canvas. I find inspiration in modern transit systems and ancient ruins, Google satellite images and Thomas guide maps.Through rigorous physical approach to the material presence of painting, information is displayed raising questions about the preservation of the past. The result is a merger of action of worked surfaces to reveal the conflicts intertwined in the everyday.