Atlas Series

Antwerp

The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.
— Wallace Stevens
MUSIBATTY

Antwerp (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Netherlands Antilles

All is the Self or Brahman. The saint, the sinner, the lamb, the tiger, even the murderer, as far as they have any reality, can be nothing else, because there is nothing else.
— Swami Vivekananda

Netherlands Antilles (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Israel, Jordan

There’s a morning when presence comes over your soul. You sing like a rooster in your earth-colored shape. Your heart hears and, no longer frantic, begins to dance.
— Rumi

Israel, Jordan (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Australia

We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.
— Ursula K. Le Guin

Australia (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2018.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


London

Who can map out the various forces at play in one soul? Man is a great depth, O Lord. The hairs of his head are easier by far to count than his feeling, the movements of his heart.
— Saint Augustine

London (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2018.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Pacific Ocean

O tiger’s heart wrapped in a woman’s hide!
— William Shakespeare

Pacific Ocean (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2018.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


South America

I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.
— Eckhart Tolle

South America (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Israel, Jordan

It requires greater courage to preserve inner freedom, to move on in one’s inward journey into new realms, than to stand defiantly for outer freedom. It is often easier to play the martyr, as it is to be rash in battle. Strange as it sounds, steady, patient growth in freedom is probably the most difficult task of all, requiring the greatest courage. Thus if the term “hero” is used in this discussion at all, it must refer not to the special acts of outstanding persons, but to the heroic element potentially in every (hu)man.
— Rollo May

Israel, Jordan (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Asia

When God wanted to create the horse, he said to the South Wind, “I want to make a creature of you. Condense.” And the Wind condensed.
— Abdelkader El Djezairi

Asia (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Persia

O’ day, arise!
Shine your light, the atoms are dancing.
Thanks to Him the universe is dancing,
overcome with ecstasy, free from body and mind
I’ll whisper in your ear where their dance is leading them.
All the atoms in the air and in the desert are dancing,
puzzled and drunken to the ray of light,
they seem insane.
All these atoms are not so different than we are,
happy or miserable,
perplexed and bewildered
We are all beings in the ray of light from The Beloved.
Nothing can be said.
— Rumi

Persia (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on Paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).

Listen to this version of Poem of the Atoms with music by Armand Amar.


Freedom

To have freedom, be willing to give freedom.
— Sanaya Roman

Pacific Ocean (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on Paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


The Discoverer

I am the Discoverer of Nature.
I am the Argonaut of true sensations.
I bring to the Universe a new Universe because I bring the Universe itself.
— Alberto Caeiro (Fernando Pessoa)

Atlas Series.

I. Atlantic Ocean.
Acrylic on Paper
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).

II. Indonesia.
Acrylic on Paper
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Iconography

If geography is prose, maps are iconography.
— Lennart Meri

Atlas Series.

I. Australia.
Acrylic on Paper
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).

II. Indian Ocean.
Acrylic on Paper
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Atlas Series

Maps have special meaning to me. They show me where I've been, and where I've yet to explore. They are the visual layout of a place, its veins and arteries. They are also a symbol, because one cannot really trace on paper what is made of life, movement, chaos and feeling. It is the same with art

The paintings I'll be sharing this week are part of a series I began several years ago, where I use the pages of an Atlas from the 1950’s as a canvas.


Atlas Series

There are maps that lead us back to who we are. We collect the parts of a puzzle that was separated by time and distance and we recognize who we have always been.

The places we go to define us for a while, but the real map is the one within, the one that connects every aspect of ourselves. 

Rome.
Acrylic on paper.
10.62” by 12.79” (27 by 32.5 cm).
2018.