These maps began in 2008 when I arrived in Luxor, settled into my studio and wondered where to begin with my own artwork. What moved me? What drew me in? Looking in the library for inspiration, I came upon a copy of an intriguing map from the 1100’s. Although it was of a region of the world that I am quite familiar with, I could not comprehend the map’s geography. Instead what I saw were lines – straight, curving, changing course – dancing from page to page.
Discovering that the cartographer had conceived the map upside-down made me wonder about it all the more. How was the world viewed at that time? How do other cultures see the world today? Indigenous Australians have their spiritual Songlines; they sing their maps as a way to navigate the vast distances across their country. Sufi mystics go within to follow the Way, a deep spiritual path. Rural Egyptians, living along the axis of the Nile, think in terms of north, south, east and west.
Art is a direct songline back to ourselves.