"A New Navigation" was a print series born out of necessity. I had to learn how to navigate a new place in a way in which I was not accustomed. I grew up in the Tennessee Valley in a small town community amidst the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. My whole life, I navigated geography, socio-economics and communities based on a map of elevation. I always had somewhere high up to look out from and survey the surrounding landscape. I had mountains to let me know which direction was which.
In 2013, I was preparing to move to Australia, a place I understood to be very flat, barren and surrounded by water on all sides. It was a leap from my small town connections, landmarks and context into a place where I basically knew no one, had no where high up to look out from and in general, would have no idea where I was. These pieces are an attempt to learn new navigation skills. Water is very important in Australia, both as a significant landmark and as a limited, valuable commodity.
These maps take important familiar places in my life and chart them based on their water content. The imposed stick figure grid continues my use of the form as a way to represent and contrast social anonymity and community.
I ended up not going to Australia.