Revee Van der Stelt

Above/TK: Satelite Animation of Clouds, with thanks to Ivy Flores.

Works shown on this portion of the site focus on the quality and use of mapping as a strategy for exploring how space is considered. Two and three-dimensional drawings present didactic information in descriptive, political, and poetic ways.

Some of the sculptures/drawings are produced through cutting or repeatedly puncturing the surface of the paper with a pin or shaped punch. The resulting images and forms diagramattically describe projected/topographic space. Depending upon the direction of the light and the placement of the paper, the visual maps appear as two and three dimensional dots, low reliefs, or points of light. The drawings, investigate images of the globe and galaxy as well as movements around the globe such as wind, water currents, or bird migration patterns. They explore strategies for mapping three-dimensional space and reveal biases and limitations of how space is often considered. Maps are often used as a tool to perpetuate the assumptions of the author (cartographer); they are always situated as historic documents from a particular time.

In taking and re-engaging the maps of others, I have sought to appropriate documents and forms to re-situate possible meanings. I have stopped making maps as seen on this page. Most are formal exercises in light, form and beauty. For now, there is an ongoing reconsideration of the way in which mapping is used through action, notation and drawing.

The cliché verre drawings are created through scanning and enlarging cropped sections of 4 x 5" ink drawings dried onto dusty glass plates. Portions of the digital scans were printed as large lamda prints. Other glass plates were used as negatives, printed with a photographic enlarger in the darkroom and developed as photographs. The resulting images resemble deep space photographs from NASA or satellite images, or of satellite images of planets.