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Maps are not true records of place; they are artificial, coded, graphic versions of the world, composite, individual and representative of the creator’s point of view. Think, for example of the BBC’s distorted weather map with its southern-centric view of the UK. So how can you make a record of a place?
Bruce Chatwin in his book ‘Songlines’, describes Aboriginal Creation myths that ‘tell of the legendary totemic beings who had wandered over the continent in Dreamtime, singing out the name of everything that had crossed their path- birds, animals, plants, rocks, waterholes- and so singing the world into existence.’ Mapping with song.

Pre-sixteenth century travellers around the Pacific Oceans’ Marshall Islands created charts made from sticks and shells representing the system of swells rolling into the islands, a kind of 3D mapping.
The premise for my recent work came about through an interest in creating images of place. Coming from the Scottish tradition of painting with its history of landscape and travel, I have a love of the process and substance of painting along with a desire to catalogue and map the memories, experiences and symbols of places that are familiar, both external and internal spaces.

This series of paintings and digital prints are the result of trying to group together a vast collection of images and information from travels in South East Asia over the last few years. Using my own drawings and photographs along with city maps, images and text gathered from collected and found objects, I layer these elements together into paintings, prints and drawings in an effort to document and map each place in complex, fused metaphors


Big tuktuk

Sukhamvit

Monks and Taxis

Monks and Taxis

Big red tuktuk

Big Red Tuk Tuk

Sukhamvit Bus

Sukhamvit Bus

 

Monks

Monks on Sukhamvit

 

The following images are ipad drawings and digital prints

berlin

Berlin Street

white1

Whitehill Street Glasgow

bus

Trongate Bus

st g

St Georges Cross Glasgow

shang

Shanghai

ven

Venice

fron

Fronberg Car Park

 

 

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