It’s no wonder that mapping occurs in my creative practice and having used monochromatic or greyscale for medical imaging for decades is undoubtedly the origin of my love of high contrast black & white images.
Over the past 2 years I’ve literally been mapping my thoughts & emotions in my creative practice. I’ve been exploring the connections & relationship between things which I often want to discuss but don’t want to articulate in words.
Landlines is pretty obvious - it’s just a statement of fact.
The kawakawa monoprint series has helped me facilitate healing & wobble my way through grief.
The most recent Māhoe Leaf series is probably a lot less obvious to others, unless like me, they see the decaying leaf as a metaphor for the pathological process within the brain that is dementia & that same dementia as the metaphor for the breakdown of our society.
I like to believe that my work is beautiful nonetheless & it’s not necessary for everyone to be able to see or even to know the unspoken dialogue . . . it’s there to be felt for those who need it
e bonds’ daily mixed media Creativebug class celebrates maps in all forms, most importantly, the abstract concepts of map making.
e’s teaching style is amazing. She ever so gently guides you through a method or technique that is then yours to play with. The most wonderful thing for me is that each day presents a completely new aspect of ‘mapping’ about which I have never thought. It’s brilliant.
Here in NZ we’re a day ahead & kind of a day behind at the same time.
Every night, at about 9pm, Hugh & I sit on the couch together & watch the next day’s class which means I go to sleep thinking about it & usually by the morning I’m pretty excited to get my morning routine shizzle out of the way so I can scoot over to the studio & play.
There’s an aspect of this new work, well several aspects actually, which i believe are incredibly significant for us as kaitiaki of this whenua . . . & that’s a story for another day.
A real positive of this class for me is that it's given me with an idea that is likely to be the basis of my next muka artwork and that for me is the most exciting thing of all !
I’ll keep you posted