In this work a fragile web of lacy pattern forms the map of Canada. The recognizable plant performs its name. And Queen Anne? Does she invade or unify? How should we consider our sovereignty?
This piece builds from my study of those familiar plants considered weeds. Rather than draw and print specific oversized specimens as a method of reconsideration as in "Morphology" and the "Copperplate Appellation" suites, in this work I collected hundreds of specimens and used them to make one large thing: A Map of Canada.
Map of Canada was made from August through October 2004 and is 8 feet wide and 6 feet high. The repetitive methodology used to create the piece was similar to print process incorporating distinct stepped activities of collecting, flattening to dry, gluing in discrete sections, and finally curating/ constructing the map. News of the world played distinctly through it all, making me think carefully about what it means to be Canadian.