I’m with you Angelina. I love to stare at maps, but for me it’s more about the unknown that fascinates me. I love to think about the people who created the roads, designed and built the buildings, and created the foundations for towns and cities to be where they are and grow the way they have. We influence the lines and shapes that maps are made of through our lives and the choices we make, especially the pioneers who came before and paved the way. When I look at a map, I see all the things it doesn’t contain, questions that are unanswered by it’s grids and keys. How did these places come to be the way they are and look the way they do? Through the actions of the people who have lived there. They are the ones who have shaped these places line by line. Maps are symbols for progress, for cause and effect. Maps teach us that we cannot ignore our past, however painful. We must use it as a foundation for building newer, more beautiful landscapes.
My Acrylic Map Paintings celebrate the symbolism of maps, and through bright splashes of color, texture, and sometimes even calligraphy, remind each of us of the history that has shaped the places we love and the fact that we are in charge of shaping the future.