ATLAS draws together the love and the beauty to be found in maps. Maps are functional as well as works of art and have always been treasured and coveted for both reasons. We use them to travel and explore. They ‘map’ the known, the unknown and the imagined -“here be dragons”. A Cartographer devises and uses symbols to represent the world on paper but can never be wholly successful nor complete.
Maps and Atlas’ have long been made by hand and with the invention of various printmaking techniques such as Etching and Lithography, they have been reproduced in multiples. So my background in Printmaking and Artists Books perfectly marries with the world of Maps and Atlas’.
The kinds of maps we have invented and used is vast – the road map, land, sea and sky maps, even mind maps. They are our traveling companions. Maps and atlases are practical and somehow beautiful. As well as leading to the buried treasure, maps are a treasure all of their own.
This exhibition is full of Artists Prints, Books and Objects all inspired by maps and landscapes. Please explore!
29 July – 8 October 2017
Video courtesy of State Library Victoria
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