|JOURNEY AROUND BELALCÁZAR, SPAIN | JUNE 2014|
Throughout the ages society has sought to map reality, to grasp the world and contain it on rock (rock art), walls (cave art), Art, minds (myths passed on through the ages containing vital information - Hamlet's Mill), paper (scrolls, Atlases), globes, monuments (Stonehenge, Great Pyramid, Henges) and now satelite GPS (Google Earth, Street View). Mapping influences the way we view reality and how it is presented to us, changing the way we see the world and giving us insights into the way our ancestors viewed their world (Hereford Map, Piri Reis Map).
Yet, we can not be sure what is actually outside of our mind because we can not see the world without our mind. We can only create a simulation/ simulcra, a copy, a mime, a creation of symbols that have replaced reality. [For example: Alan Watts, a British Zen philosopher points out that money is a symbol we have come to believe in, forgetting it is nothing more than a symbol akin to 'inches'. Not having enough money is like saying we haven't enough inches... an absurd reality when dealing with the econmic system that ultimately affects lives].
Through various ways of interpreting the world, using symbolic representations we re-construct the world-view and reveal something about the negotiatiated reality. I have been following these ideas over the last two years - trying to understand how we interpret reality and the ways corporate media presents the world to us. I did get lost in this world of the media and the facts and figures. These symbolic constructions that replaced the very reality we are gradually losing, due to giving over true reality to a symbolic reality of order which now destroys the very environment we depend upon. A time-loop, a 'Groundhog Day' of repeating imagery and information fueling the very fires which seem to consume the real - and we await a new birth of the Phoenix, a new age. My Phoenix was to lose oneself in the landscape in another land and nationality, seeking the voice of nature - re-focusing and seeking another path to lead me back to the real.
|JOURNEY AROUND BELALCÁZAR TOWN | JUNE 2014 | SKETCHBOOK|
|JOURNEY TO CORDOBA | MAPPING THE JOURNEY BY BUS | JUNE 2014 | SKETCHBOOK|
Now I allow the polemical to come through the work subconsciously, natural via line, marks, colour. The erosion, time, weathering, division, history and mythology - all leading to my current ways of mapping reality and the way I make sense of the world, and in a way as a symbol of the culture I grew up in.
|JOURNEY TO CORDOBA | JUNE 2014 | SKETCHBOOK|
Thank you Cyprus College (Stass, Margaret & Michael Paraskos), Málaca Instituto, Málaga (Flow and Art Project - Ida and Nieves) and La Fragua in Belalcázar (Javi and Gaby) - you have all given me a valuable year of growth in time.