EAST GRAND IDLEWYLE LEOPOLDO  
     
MERTON ONE   MERTON TWO   RUNDELL
   
WELLING   BIG ROCK LAKE   CARRERA 19  
 
GALLERY
 
 

Map

The map paintings are like autobiographies, maps representing specific locations in my memory and experience. I was there. These paintings denote the physicality of a location, and the visible memory of it. In my mind, I examine the specific terrain of a remembered site, exploring it from above and beneath the ground or water. I recall the places from my childhood—memories of hiking up a mountain, watching the underwater world of a frozen creek, digging in the dirt, swimming in a dark glacial lake— and re-vision the landscape. The square canvas negates a hierarchical orientation for the paintings. I refer to the language and symbols of traditional cartography—rivers, elevations, path markers—and I use a nearly monochromatic palette reminiscent of old print maps. In the act of painting, I revisit these places of my past; the painting is a map of the journey.

 
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