‘The work is primarily about the fractured nature of our perception of space, and how that perception can be manipulated. Cartography was the initial conduit to my exploration of space as no source of material is ripe for appropriation than maps. As well as being formally beautiful objects they, like drawing, offer us a way of understanding, organising, manipulating and perceiving space. By using the maps I have collected as source material to plot places I have visited around Europe, I create an autobiographical link to the marks that lift them from ambiguity, making them reflective of the human journey through life that we all share, and an abstract diary of my journey. I use the co-ordinates on the maps to create “abstract events” and layers of intertwining information on the picture plane. The work is intriguing by its simultaneous ability to both create and then subvert and block expectations using different pictorial and formal devices to create a tension, ambiguity and juxtaposition between figure and ground, opaque and sharp, clear and muddied and depth and shallowness.’
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Illustration / Kuvitus
This work explores, concepts of identity, belonging and conformity. The “no boundaries” series involves working directly on old maps, using rivers, mountains and contours in addition to geographic and political boundaries, to create new charts. These reshaped and newly defined boundaries, although still representing physical barriers also offer up a metaphor for mental and psychological boundaries, which are self imposed and, as such, raise questions concerning self identity, cultural history and conformity, memory and migration.
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Illustration / Kuvitus, Painting / Maalaus