On the Map
On the Map
ON THE MAP began with a simple, broad premise: Wherever and whenever we are, we hold our locations in the back of our minds. The work was featured in two shows, Transience, Diaspora, Bodies and Land and Pattison – Art in Transit.
Beginning in 2014, this ongoing exploration of people and objects drawn onto maps has examined the idea of the subject as seen through the lens of location. The underlying manufactured maps form the basis of the piece, inspiring form and even movement and drawing style.
Throughout the production of these location based works and the sister lotto series, I have remained interested in the relationship between unique, singularly produced artwork and mass produced materials. Each elevates the other depending on the perspective of the viewer.
My subjects tend to be ordinary people drawn in the moment. I work to maintain a spontaneous, loose line, even in the more complex pieces. The aim of the series is not to create ‘high’ art from ‘low’ art. Rather, it uses two forms of ‘low’ art – the sketch and the functional map – in order to draw our attention to the merits of each form.
These portraits were showcased in Transience, Diaspora, Bodies & Land, at Cedar Ridge Gallery
They were shown at the Skylight Gallery in the Northern District Library.
A selection of map portraits were also shown on screens across Canada in the Inaugural Sketching the Line series.