about qurna travels series:
When I first started working in Luxor much of my free time was spent
walking in Qurna, an area of desert concentrated with ancient tombs
and temples. Drinking tea with the people who live among the
antiquities, I learned about the culture. These wanderings in and
around the village made an indelible impression on me.
Recently while perusing a favorite antique shop in Luxor I came
across rolls of tattered maps in a corner - topographical surveys of
Qurna from 1907. Bargaining for the most aged and torn of the lot, I
was not sure what to do with them.
Collaging pieces of the maps onto single pages and painting simple
calligraphic strokes, like peregrinations across the surface, I saw how
some of the single sheets created movement between one another and
put them together as diptychs.
The series entwines my strong sense of and feelings for this place.