Jean Davey Winter Statement
In my current practice, I work with photography, digital manipulation, and painting to explore concepts relating to travel, the journey, and mapping.
Somewhere between landscape and map, the starting point for this work comes from photographs taken on flights, also found images from internet mapping sites. The higher the viewpoint the more abstract and map-like the image. This aerial perspective also provides an increased awareness of the delicate balance between man and the environment giving an overview of the marks made upon the earth’s surface by activities such as agriculture, mining, transport, and urbanization.
Acrylic paint is combined with printed, digitally manipulated imagery. The internet offers the opportunity to trace journeys made by road, or rail, or to explore distant and inaccessible locations, extending and redefining the definition of travel and taking it into another dimension.
Use of the folding format refers to map making traditions of the past whilst linking them with the technology of today. This also facilitates the transport of even quite large pieces of work, making the journey of the actual artwork a relevant part of the concept.