2018, Watercolor and micron pen, 9 3/4'' by 3 1/2''
When I arrived in New York City in the autumn of 2016, I did not have an Smartphone to navigate my way around, and so every day I would draw a map of my itinerary around Brooklyn. Recently I reviewed my notebook from these past two years, and included in nearly every page was a map of my undertakings in navigating the New York City transit system. Whether by subway, bus or by walking, these maps revealed in my steps a new geometry that captured the methodical yet bewildering experience of finding my way in this city as a new resident . Upon my arrival I was undergoing treatment for Lyme disease, an illness that I've been living with for most of my life, and as I navigated my way around Brooklyn I was challenged not only in my ability to undertake the New York City transit system, but also in my physical ability, and spatial cognizance. I've captured this experience in the ephemeral quality of the watercolors and the repetitive insistence of their geometric form, and yet I've grounded them by using pen lines that remain fixed on New York City maps.