Here in Ventura we’re easing out of lockdown. The stores are beginning to reopen with restrictions on the number of people that can be inside. That means long lines waiting to get into the more popular stores, but no lines at all for some of the others. Our local used bookstore wasn’t crowded, so I spent some time there last week, and found a beautiful selection of old maps.
Maps became obsolete with the invention of GPS, but GPS isn’t nearly as interesting. I love the colors and patterns on the maps, and I chose four to use for a collage.
Maps represent looking for something, seeking a destination, and going somewhere. When I cut them into pieces for this collage, the way forward becomes unclear — perhaps a metaphor for our times.
Here’s the finished piece. Click on the image to see it larger in a browser.
“Where Are We Going?,” 16 x 20 inches, collage on canvas panel
It was a shock when everything shut down a few months ago. Now it feels shocking that everything is opening back up. What’s up with that? I think it has to do with change and what I’ve become used to. I adapted to everything being closed, and now it’s all changing again. It’s unsettling. Are you feeling it, too?
What’s going on in your neck of the woods? Are you still in lockdown? Are you looking forward to being released from it? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,