Landscapes have always captivated me, and my work is a series of              meditations  on this genre. The body of my work consists of landscape drawings  that present  an intense and contemplative focus on the basic, generative  elements of two  dimensional art, point and line. Mindful of their cosmic  significance in ancient  sacred geometry, I develop them within the framework of  cartography, where I  explore the complex relation between the nature of creating  and the act of  recording, the emerging of forms into maps and plans where they  play out their  archetypal, dramatic narratives. My explorations have led me to a  unique kind of  drawing: precise, redolent of the academic, yet based on  subconsciously  generated forms and landscapes that freely emerge from my  subconscious in a  playful dance of deliberation and surprise.

  Lines in my drawings wriggle minutely across the paper without preconceived    direction, curving, spiraling, amassing and attenuating until eclectic, semi-    representational forms take shape, interacting in fantastical atmospheres and  strange settings, a technique derived from the psychic automatism of surrealist  art. These lines cohere, create, and mix with traditional cartographic symbolism,  including grids, street plans, towers, roads, fields and forests, et al. The result is  a new focus on the use of maps to bring together inherited elements of  landscape with primitive-seeming, archetypal themes drawn from the artist’s  inner world.

 The map-like elements sometimes take on a straight-forward character, being  lifted from printed maps and road atlases. At other times they take on a strongly  subjective bent and become metaphorical symbols for the rational embedded in  fantastical realms. Drawn with ballpoint pens and graphite pencils, the figures are  sometimes ethereal and few, and at other times squirm and proliferate with a  dense, energetic rhythm. I sometimes use different colors of ink, but the use of  color is muted and sparse. Ultimately, my drawings form a convergence of  several discourses: point and line as a generative geometry and cosmogony that  survey the subconscious processes of the artist (the origin of individual  consciousness as a metaphor for the origin of worlds). This survey emerges into  a seemingly rational, cartographic context, one where the geography flows up  from below, rather than one that is recorded from above. Here, the stage is set for  micro-mythologies that pit elemental forces against each other, creating tensions  both playful and tragic.

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