This large framed drawing was created using Graphitint and Graphite on BFK Rives Paper. The work is framed in Tasmanian Oak with Conservation Matt Board and Premium Acryllic Glazing so it is suitable for shipping safely. The work is inspired by satelite imagery of the Jefferson Grid in the mid-west USA. President Jefferson created a method of surveying land on paper from a distance, resulting in 640 acre squares which from a plane window look like a quilt stretching as far as the eye can see.
I was lucky enough to experience a moment of profound inspiration when I saw the grid from a plane window in September 2018. This lead to The Jefferson Grid exhibition at the Hume Global Learning Centre Gallery, Sunbury 19 Feb - 27 Mar 2020. This work was the first created in the set of three. The first layer was created using dry graphitint pencils in earthy colours. I then needed to add water to the work to make it come alive and this process felt very healing. It reminded me of the power of water to heal the drought striken landscape but also as a metaphor for tears healing our inner landscape.