Tópos, (“place” in Ancient Greek), is an interrogation of history, fragmentation and ruin.
We use maps to figure out where we are going: my “maps” tend to ask us where we have been. My new work is an exploration of cartography and memory – the maps we hold on to in our hearts but no longer exist, fragments that we try to piece together to preserve the landscapes of our memory. How layers of history lie buried under our streets, invisible and forgotten. How maps are drawn and redrawn with every war, fire, or folly. How repairs are possible but never perfect because seams will always be visible.
Much of this work was germinated at residency programs and I am deeply grateful to Willapa Bay AiR and Ucross Foundation for valuing, nurturing and prioritizing the creative process.