Atlas Series

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.