Repurposed paper map mounted between glass
The wonderful birds that frequent my garden daily help me live comfortably in my Covid ‘bubble’.
Their freedom to transit boundaries is a stark reminder of the impact on us of borders both within Australia and beyond.
Geography has always been a prison of sorts – one that defines what a country or individual is or can be. But this pandemic has made the boundaries imposed by geography and those more recently imposed by politics more starkly evident.
Our wings are clipped at present but humanity’s restless spirit ensures that we will not be confined to our own pale blue dot on a map. I plan to use this time to prepare for new opportunities to continue to travel within the “new normal”.
As we wait, the return to working with maps in my art practice seems to have become more urgent.