papercutting, pen & ink drawing on a paper road map
19″ x 13″
“This is the first in my ‘Fatherhood’ series, an ongoing collection of work reflecting what it is like to be a parent. In this piece, I wanted to capture the feeling of wondrous potential—the whole world is out that window for her to discover and all things are possible.
Working with road maps, I make ink drawings on them and then use a craft knife to carefully cut away the empty spaces around the drawing and the roads. I draw on maps because for me, maps are symbols of connection and exploration. Roads take us places and connect us with others.”
“I love how graphically accomplished this piece is. I think you’ve done something really unique with the way that you’re layering materials, to get something that plays with the idea of line quality and shape quality, from the heavy Sharpie underneath to the finer lines, to the finer connecting piece that sits on top of the map, and then you’re playing with the open space of the window.
I think you’re creating a very engaging composition, and an engaging idea of what the canvas is as to what the outside world is and how those two play together. I also love that you are, playing with cutting and different ways of applying work making I think that’s fantastic. I
would watch where the window, comes through in the composition, there’s these organic lines that are moving and really moving your eye around and then you have the edge of the window pane and that comes off as a little sharp to me, but otherwise I think it’s a wonderful job and I encourage you to keep playing with this really cool technique.”