The landscape that we live in has become saturated with
signs of the easy mobility, speed, constant communication, imposition
of structure, insistence on growth and glorification of technology that
have come to be so characteristic of our society today. My work incorporates
these signs, exaggerating and reconfiguring them in order to build maps
that convey the sense of wonder and vertigo that is inevitable as we
face the landscape of today’s world. I draw on the visual language
of cartography in order to evoke the idea of mapping, although my maps
do not refer to actual places. Neither are they depictions of utopias
or dystopias; they are maps that represent how our actual world is structured,
not on a literally geographical, but on an experiential level.
The physical process
of building each piece reflects the evolution that urban landscape undergoes.
In the accretion of imagery and physical material, a history and structure
are built in my work that reflect the layers of architecture, history,
technology and topography that make up the world depicted.
I use the language of printmaking to address the processes of automation
and mass production that have brought today’s world into existence.
The specific media of intaglio, woodblock and drawing that I choose
to work with, however, are still closely linked to the artist’s
hand and allow the work to be about my own attempt as an individual
to come up with a system of navigating this overwhelming landscape instead
of simply consuming one of the pre-fabricated, mass-produced and -marketed
versions, of which there are so many.
As with the evolution of the human-built landscape, there are moments
in the construction of my world where the building proceeds according
to plans that have already been laid and there are moments when the
building precedes its own planning, expanding unpredictably and organically
towards an order of a very different sort. Our world is full of the
tension between just this order and disorder and my work focuses on
that tension, creating images of landscapes that struggle against themselves,
that strive towards order and beauty as they verge on the edge of spinning
beyond control or comprehension. The maps and images that I create do
not propose a clearly navigable territory or a clear destination, but
ask the question of where we really are and where we might be going.