Two-Dimensional Wall Art > Fiber (Mixed Media)
18 x 24 x 1.5
I begin with an aviation sectional map. These are used by private pilots to navigate as they fly. They contain landmarks, altitude levels and other necessary information to use when navigating using instruments or visually. I choose the maps to areas that I am familiar — this one being Chicago. I select areas that are marked on the map to highlight first with acrylic ink, then layer in hand embroidery stitches and paper shapes to layer in pattern and visual interest. The layers allow you to see the underlying landscape of cities, roads, lakes as well as the invisible lines the FAA draws around airports and connections between the airports. My work highlights the geometry of this carved-up airspace that none of us typically sees and unites it with a purely abstract version of shapes, color and texture.