I spend a great deal of time trying to make sense of who I am, where I’m going, and reflecting of the notion of life as a journey. In my most recent work I draw on the language of mapping and cartography to describe life's journey and questions about identity in complex, sometimes scary, often beautiful, all encompassing detail.
My work often begins as an introspective journey - a mapping of an internal landscape; tracing contours, following pathways, and feeling my way around an unfolding thought or sensation. A visual language, built from marks and shapes, grid, lines and shades and colour presents a narrative; shouting in shades of neon, whispers in tiny detail and and flicker of line. Each piece is made up using improvisation and chance; mirroring experience of life as an exploration with answers and destination often far from what I had initially anticipated.
I work predominantly using digital means in order to achieve density of detail and depth of layers. Each work is built up with layer upon layer of visual information; the end result acting almost as a diary entry from a certain point in time.
More recently I have been working with abstracted segments of urban and topographical maps taken from online sources such as NASA’s SRTM (Shuttle Radar Topography Mission) and Planet.OSM (OpenStreetMap Data). This data is publicly available but requires specific software and scripts to be written in order to translate large amounts of data into viewable images that can be converted into the drawings I use in my pieces.
These maps serve as a metaphor for experiencing a life as a journey and identity that is both unique and ever-changing.