This is a new body of work where I think about trails, walking, and nature. Many of these are mapped from memory or are fictitious. I like Denis Wood's idea of the "poetics of cartography" –mapping things that seem incidental, ephemeral or personal. Some symbolic systems are borrowed, others are invented. A trail is really a proposition to lead one somewhere -or mislead. One can abandon it, return to it, lose it or follow along. People who build trails often wrestle with the conundrum that by building it, easier access to a place results in increased traffic, while without it there is often extensive damage from hikers bushwhacking and trampling sensitive areas. Many thanks to the BC Arts Council.
Embroidered footprints on a length of cloth were unspooled on many hikes this year to show up in photographs. Thanks to all my hiking buddies for their patience.
Two pieces: "Bliss" and "Ignorance" are a nod to the North Shore Mountain Rescue folks who volunteer to save hapless hikers often at considerable risk to themselves. They always plead for hikers to be prepared.
Small works remembering routes above the treeline. Ink drawing and hand embroidery.
Trails that converge, that switchback, that are followed over and over, that lead to…..