Araby Cove Map by Lynda Keeler
mixed media on canvas, framed
48" x 36"
The ever changing perception of what we see when we walk, drive or bike
through Southern California is the basis of my paintings and art
installations. Maps in particular have fascinated me for years. More than
just a way to plan a trip or find a location, they are conduits for real or
imaginary exploration, and can provide a sense of adventure and security.
Technology such as Google Earth and apps like MapMyWalk help establish
the starting point for these paintings and sculptures . The route topography
is transferred to the canvas to provide a structure and way to establish the
beginning and end points. Roads, architecture, signage, vegetation,
vehicles, vistas and scenic points are incorporated into abstract paintings
that show the results, both positive and negative, of the natural landscape
reacting to the built environment. Under layers of acrylic, oil, ink, fiber or
collage, the formal map becomes abstract and disappears into the painting.