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A Sense of Place

By Kathleen Cammarata

Maps show us the face of history. In early maps religious, cultural, and historical ideas overshadowed accurate geography. Angels on the sidelines blew clouds to represent wind. Greek gods and goddesses frolicked in the four corners. Sea monsters rose threateningly out of the waters. And, later, ships crossed the oceans for trade. The images were magnificently drawn but the geography was riddled with mistakes.

Art Opening
A Sense of Place
Sun, Sep 4, 1-5pm
Esperanza Studio
Alameda 6 Colonia San Antonio

Men made maps of men’s activities and political persuasions for centuries. I have altered the maps to reflect a woman’s world. In two series of collages incorporating reproductions of 16th and 17th-century maps from calendars, I have mixed sources using Renaissance women’s portraits, mathematical figures, and illustrations of animals, flowers, and butterflies, and injections of contemporary writing. By juxtaposing black and white images against traditional color maps, boundaries are broken, history is disturbed, and a new story is created.

A couple of the maps chart relationships. Gauguin’s famous painting titled “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” comes to mind. In these maps there is a telltale monkey hinting at evolution, plant seeds to be planted, music notes to be played, and more. How can all these seemingly disparate elements occupy the same world? How have they interrelated through time? Where are we going?

In a series of map monoprints, all references to history are eliminated. Landmasses are layered emphasizing the idea that borders are man-made and all interactions abide in possibilities rather than certainties. Longitude and latitude lines are chaotic and the four cardinal directions do not exist. These maps do not adhere to conventions but rather allow the viewer to invent his/her own sense of place.

The collages and monoprints can be viewed at Esperanza Studio on Sunday, September 4, from 1 to 5pm. Alameda 6, colonia San Antonio.

I am an American artist working in the studio for 30 years. I have had numerous solo and group exhibitions. My work is collected in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. The Diana Felber Gallery in Massachusetts represents my work.


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