A Calder Christmas
Mobiles, stabiles and drawing with lines and air. Alexander Calder has had an enormous impact on my understanding of how simplicity and the understated has the power to connect us with art.
Tiptoeing through my investigation of movement, simple shapes and shadow led me to thinking about layers and perception. Can movement produce stillness?
An anthropologist of note, Tim Ingold has written extensively about how establishing a connection with place provides sustenance for the soul. In his book ‘Lines’, he retraces the contours of a momentous evolution in technology and culture by investigating the status and role of two components that are so pervasive in our lives: lines and surfaces.
Using the topography, geology, ecology, geography and anthropology of our landscapes, weaves a narrative into art.
When I was small, my Dad and I would walk together. We would walk mostly in silence. We mapped our progress in distance and time, whilst silently gathering our thoughts; independent of each other but connected by place and process.
Deep mapping is an in-depth depiction of a place. A holistic approach to seeing the landscape around you; although it is not strictly speaking a tangible process as it includes emotion, meaning and symbolism. A deep map is about process as well as object; creating a space that can be visual, multi-layered and ever changing. A traditional map serves as a statement. A deep map is a whole conversation!
Lines and surfaces, light and shadow, movement and stillness, senses and sanctuary… Everything is interconnected.