Ontological Road Maps

Ontological Road Map 040411, 2011
Ink on paper
22" x 22" (56cm x 56cm)


Ontology is a central theme throughout my work because it deals with the nature of existence or being by analyzing concepts about location, time, space, and identity. Geology, geography and especially cartography provide me with useful languages to manipulate and transform these ontological concepts into visual metaphors. These metaphors are often used to convey ideas, feelings or emotions about a place, process, movement, perception or state of being. Each Ontological Road Map is not only a finished work that represents a fictional place, but it is also a reflection of the hand of the artist, the act of making lines. Each of these drawings involves a labor-intensive process where much time is needed for construction and development. Once the drawing is complete, it is a picture of time. That is, each drawing reveals the time it takes to make a road map and then each finished drawing actually represents that time. All along, there is a literal play on mapping. Each drawing represents a process (of mapmaking, of creating roads) and a place (a representation of existence that can be either real or imagined).

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