Navigation charts, maps and paintings
Paper seas, Paper Arks
Maps and sea charts- nautical navigation charts- are both beautiful and functional and each carries layers of information skilfully drawn and waiting to be read. Each chart has a story to tell of travel and adventure; a sense of place, belonging; order; and of finding our way forward.
I am developing a growing body of work around sea charts, following several themes and series, adding new visual layers, contemplation and meaning.
The Archipelago works, depicting human landforms embedded in the chart as Motu, began in 2020. We are part of nature, not separate to it and so I am re-charting the landscape, with the human as landforms/islands, part of the ecosystem. Only with this way of seeing, this world view, can we be part of a harmonious whole. These works also refer to a sense of belonging, a sense of place, of Turangawaewae. (Short film discussing this- link.)