A Map is Not a Journey

 

These works are based on journeys on foot around Mount Eden, the repetitive everyday trips from home to work, to the shops, or Maungawhau itself.  The drawings are started in charcoal on toned and gessoed paper, my eyes closed as I remember and trace the turns and angles of the walk, the landmarks and objects passed.  Acrylic is then added, blocking in areas of light and dark at first and then adding more colour in thin layers, aiming to keep the casual evolving feel of the initial drawing. 

The works represent a composite time, as much about memory as about the places nominally represented. The lines of the work overlap and build up to a composite evocation of time and place. 

2008

All works acrylic and charcoal on gessoed paper on hardboard, 600 x420mm

 

 
Map Journey i

Map Journey i

 
Map Journey ii

Map Journey ii

Map Journey iii

Map Journey iii

Map Journey v

Map Journey v

Map Journey vi

Map Journey vi

Monoprint i

Monoprint i

Monoprint ii

Monoprint ii