Places I’ve Been, Literally

1994, papers from the places I’ve been, Grandma’s art history notes, gouache, ink, wire, string, stamps, etc.,  approximately 24 x 60 inches.

This artwork is about the places that I have literally been.  It was the first big map that I have ever made.  Each country that i have been to, is represented by things that I acquired  when I was there, or things that I owned that were relevant to that place.   The background ocean was as beautiful as I could make it. I used my grandmother’s art history notes that she wrote as she traveled around Europe in 1924.  I covered them in gouache and ink and sewed them together.  I made this at a  time when I felt that no matter where I was, I was still protected by her psyche.