Portfolios > "Mappings" Series

My paintings, installations and video work is about the personal narrative of the day-to-day family environment and explores how experiences can become visually transformed into coded, complex landscapes. In this map series I am investigating the relationship between human perception and the occupation of actual land and the imagined. The themes manifest as an otherworldly illustration of the complex relationships between home, marriage, family and identity of the self.

The maps used in this series are archeologist maps used for surveying the land areas within New Mexico and Texas for evidence of cultural sites. I use these maps by manipulating them with color and altered terrain; I then add traced drawings on Mylar from images traced from previous paintings. I am interested in how the process of these layered materials creates an altered perception of place and imagined space.