My map pieces developed out of my earlier work exploring the evolving structures and patterns of dynamic systems, from the molecular to the cosmic. Cities, countries, their creation and destruction, their changeable boundaries, the manipulation of our environment, are to me a kind of dynamic art created by the subconscious and conscious will of whole populations of people. Maps are their reflection. I attempt to reveal the pattern of these changes and manipulations, reinterpreting maps to create the unexpected connections that emphasize these relationships.
I am ultimately fascinated by the revelatory power of visual patterns — how they can reveal order in chaos and unite what may at first seem so different. I see this power not only within maps, but in trees and how their gesture is like a river with tributaries, or within the linear structure of a hand in motion, creating random lines. A pattern reveals a form to that motion, a tracing like a map.