Map I is a 6.5 x 5 inch mixed media map collage on multimedia artboard. I love to use vintage maps in my work, not only because they’re beautiful, but also because they suggest a feeling of mystery and adventure. There is an excitement that comes with travel, even if it’s only in our dreams. It sparks the imagination to think of new and intriguing places, where one has gone in the past, or could possibly go in the future. The maps in my work are generally chosen for their looks rather than the actual places they depict. The Earth’s structures and land forms inspire a sense of awe for the delicate shapes and patterns they form, and also for what those forms represent. The Earth and the sea, and the places where they connect, have become personal symbols in my work. I experience them as sacred, and I believe that many other people do as well.
Map I, for me, is definitely about a journey of the imagination. In this mixed media map collage, I tried to create a hopeful, positive mood using color, shape and line as abstract elements. The rich, complimentary shades of turqoise, rust, and gold are eye-catching, and the strong contrasting shapes create a striking composition that draws the viewer in. While it isn’t a narrative artwork, it could certainly inspire a story in the mind of the viewer. I like thinking about what it would have been like to travel the oceans and waterways of centuries past, when maps were not prized for their beauty, but for much more practical purposes. Yet, I can’t help thinking that they also were awed by the power and beauty of the natural world as we are today.