This painting is part of a series which explores the theme of journeys. The title ‘Beginnings’ refers to the map of Jersey incorporated in this piece. Jersey is where my parents went on honeymoon, and is also where my mysterious great grandfather is said to be from, so in a way, it’s a place of my beginnings.
The ‘You are here’ title of the series, refers to the map boards found in the middle of a city, or at the start of a country walk, with a pin showing your current location.
Pieces of vintage maps have been collaged into each painting. There’s something wonderful about the potential of maps – showing us all the places we could one day go – particularly poignant in these unprecedented times of the pandemic, when the only journeys we’ve been able to make have been in our imagination.
Each layer of paint adds a new element to the story of the painting – rather like the traces and marks we leave behind us – all leading to where we are now.
The ‘You are here’ series explores the theme of journeys. . The lines in the maps and the lines I make in the paintings suggest the journeys and connections we make with people and places throughout our lives.
This piece, includes a piece of a map of Jersey, where my parents had their honeymoon, and also where my mysterious great grandfather was thought to have lived!my