A Gap in a Map

A gap in a map leaves someone in limbo. The first map makers could with just a slight movement of a line send someone way off track. I like that idea. When I was in Kerry I picked up a facsimile of an 1811 map of the Inveragh Peninsular, South Kerry. It is very beautiful but also has virtually no roads marked on it. It really was an incredibly wild, inhospitable and inaccessible place. The Skellig Islands were once the limit of the known world. Beyond that was sea and theoretically wilderness. There are very few places left in the world which could be classed as wilderness. Where-ever we go we can lead ourselves to think about who was there before and to try and conjure up their presence.

This made me think, I am not quite sure why, of Theseus and the Minotaur. Ariadne gave Theseus a ball of sting so that he would be able to find his way back out of the Minotaur’s cave.

Below is Circular Walk 7, one of five works selected for Lineweight, an open submission exhibition, which will take place at The Truman State University Art Gallery in Missouri in 2009. The Circular Walk Drawings were made in 2007 and were a response to a walk which I did in Cornwall in May of that year. They were first exhibited at New Greenham Arts in Berkshire and more recently at The Study Gallery of Modern Art in Poole and the Lighthouse Centre for the Arts Poole.


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