Through this work, I am finding ways to decode the signs and myths inherent to maps by re-investing their ostensibly utilitarian function with personal narrative.  I am interested in the tension between place that is longed for and place that is lived in.  This tension is made manifest through imagery that I fragment then seam back together. Singular mapped lines representing borders or coastlines are repeated in multiple, transforming one notation of space into another.  By rearranging and reorganizing certain features and structures, I attempt to reclaim my relationship with significant places in my memory.  Space then transforms into place, when according to Yi-Fu Tuan, “it feels utterly familiar to us”.

Inscape Landings
Shona Macdonald Inscape Landings gouache, acrylic, oil on MDF
Inscape: Mountains
2004
gouache, acrylic, oil on MDF
Diptych, 45 x 104"
Shona Macdonald Inscape Landings gouache, acrylic, oil on MDF
Inscape: Mountains DETAIL
2004
gouache, acrylic, oil on MDF
Diptych, 45 x 104"
Shona Macdonald Inscape Landings gouache, acrylic, oil on MDF
Inscape: Isles
2004
gouache, acrylic, oil on MDF
52 x 90"
Shona Macdonald Inscape Landings gouache, acrylic, oil on MDF
Inscape: Isles DETAIL
2004
gouache, acrylic, oil on MDF
52 x 90"
Shona Macdonald Inscape Landings pencil and gouache on paper
Fractal Field
2005
pencil and gouache on paper
38 x 50"
Shona Macdonald Inscape Landings silverpoint, graphite, gouache, on absorbent ground on paper
Illinois Unravelled as Field, Snow, Lake
2005
silverpoint, graphite, gouache, on absorbent ground on paper
38 x 50"
Shona Macdonald Inscape Landings pencil on paper
Branches Become Breaking Waves
2004
pencil on paper
22 x 30"
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