About City Maps

 

 "Detroit," 2010, Encaustic, cement, rust, paint on wood panel, 36" x68" x2.5"

"Detroit," 2010, Encaustic, cement, rust, paint on wood panel, 36" x68" x2.5"

City Map Paintings include: Gary Indiana, Rubber City Akron, Youngstown, Vehicle City Flint and Detroit.

My work is about place as memory because what is absent is not forgotten.

I think of geometry as a place-maker. Geometry creates reality through primal shapes: triangle, circle and square, which are found in labyrinths.

For years I built labyrinths out of glass, light, steel, wood and paint. Through the labyrinths I discovered ancient city maps and saw how geometry was used to organize streets. From medieval  to modern maps, one truth emerged:  Geometry makes clear our here and there.

Upon viewing an old map of Detroit, is when place as memory began in the form of my city map paintings.