Posts Tagged ‘mapping’

History of a pavement

November 29, 2010

Hundreds of thousands of people walk on pavements everywhere, every day, each leaving a little bit of their story behind. Mud, dust, wet footprints, a hair, a button, cigarette ends, sweet papers. As the pavements deteriorate and crack little bits of these multiple histories silt up the cracks leaving a residue of people, whose presence there was fleeting, or who have long ago died or moved away. If pavements could tell their stories…..the daily repetition – trudging to work, pushchairs, pub fights, dogs, rain, ice… The Cracks in the Pavement drawings open up their own stories, following the, lines covering them up, reinventing them. These are my little bits of history from Ballycastle in Co. Mayo.



History of a pavement

oil, charcoal and graphite on canvas, 80 x 80 cms

Cracks in the Pavement – sequence of 12 drawings.  pencil on paper, 21 x 21 cms


Drawing the landscape and the sea

March 22, 2010

I felt a sudden need to actually make seriously observed drawings of the landscape rather than very quick line drawings.  These are quite big and I am not sure where they are going but I am enjoying them.

Mapping Space

December 1, 2008



A Gap in a Map

September 28, 2008

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.