Thursday, January 19, 2006

New Year New Work!

So as most of you know I've been mulling over ideas for this whole new series of drawings for what seems like ages. Well, after the holidays were finally over I actually got to work.

TAAAA DAAAA!

A few of my new drawings and an explanation of the new work from my new handy dandy artist's statement:



My most recent projects are very much influenced by my recent life changes, the most influential of which was becoming an immigrant to another country. This paradigm shift inspired a sudden fascination with maps as tools that orient and ground us in the world and in reality.


Maps represent the relationship between any given place and the world around it. My new work employs maps of countries, cities, history, wars, and battles, juxtaposed with simple silhouettes of children playing and jumping rope as a way to draw attention to the relationship between the lines and boundaries we draw to create our maps of reality, the conflicts that result, and the victims we create.

This new imagery is also a way to reconcile the purity of childhood with the often horrific reality of the modern adult world. With battle lines being drawn around us, we must constantly shift, and decide where to stand. It is an endless game of one foot, and then the other, half in, or half out.

We are constantly being asked to choose sides.


2 comments:

epiphany7 said...

beautiful stuff, k... i love it! and funny enough, i've been rediscovering my fascination with maps as of late. no coincidence there... we've gotta talk :)

Jessica said...

ooo, your work is gorgeous! I heart it! Looking forward to seeing more... Your blog is my new favorite. :)
-Jessica- a fellow American ex-pat in Norway