here is the Place
What does it mean to be here? That is the question I ask myself while I am painting.
I use watercolor, stencils, stamps and freehand writing to create map inspired paintings that question our sense of knowing exactly where we are and challenge conventional notions of space and time.
We live in a world that is mapped all the way from outer space right down to our front doors. But my paintings are “counter-maps” because, unlike most cartographic maps that depict borders and boundaries and delineate specific areas (land, water, etc.), the "locations" on my maps don't exist in the real world. The labels on my maps allow me to tell stories (or poems) about the spaces between: between place and thought, between space and time, between the external world around us and the internal worlds within.
By dissolving the boundaries between one place and another — without distinction between time, space, water, sky and memory — my maps create a bridge between spiritual places and physical locations. The title of my most recent body of work, here is the Place, plays on the fact that the Hebrew word for 'the Place,' ha-Makom, is also one of the Hebrew words used as a name for God.