Mappings

April 2008

My paintings define my love for texture and geometry. I use a mixture of sand, plaster and acrylic paint to create surfaces that might suggest an antique fresco or the topography of the southwest landscape. I superimpose geometric shapes over a richly textured surface and make reference to maps, architecture and landscape. Many sources are quoted in the geometric shapes: the measurements of a compass, the floor plan of a cathedral, flight patterns or areas of radio frequency. At times the outlines of countries and continents appear, are displaced, repeated or layered over shapes derived from natural forms. The familiar outlines of known boundaries shift and form new patterns linking distant locations. Mark making can suggest the flow of rivers or the pattern of a mountain range. I hope to give the viewer a sense of being high in the air while looking down at a vast landscape through the coordinates of a compass or visualize the experience of touching a wall corroded by time and history. The viewer is placed in a precarious balance where location is fluid and measured distances imply movement.

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Patty Stone