We Dream of Blue Whales – Islandia
‘Islandia’ is the first part of the triptych, ‘We Dream of Blue Whales’, a map created as the result of a residency sailing across the North Atlantic.
In the summer of 2014, I and three other artists joined the crew of Sea Dragon, a 22 metre steel sailing boat that journeyed 1300 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Reykjavik in Iceland to Gothenberg in Sweden. Working with marine biologists, scientists, documentary film makers and an old Icelandic sea captain, we spent time on board, not only helping to work the boat but also searching the waters for whales and dolphins.
Journeys are made of stories and every traveller describes the places he has been using stories. This journey is mapped from the yoghurt aisle of a supermarket in Reykjavik, crossing 1300 miles of the North Atlantic swimming with stories of sea monsters, mermaids, pirates, ghost ships, smugglers and rum and ending in a cocktail bar built into the jaws of an ancient preserved blue whale in Gothenberg. Part maritime chart, part logbook, the work became an illustrated artist’s map with a story.
‘The Whale Road’, a joint exhibition with Katie Henery, Stuart Kuhn and Jonathan Hyde was the final destination point for the map. Held at Onca Gallery in March 2015, installation, photography, film, drawing and mapping told a sea saga of elusive whales, hunters and saltwater.
A Map of Civil Society
A map commissioned by Rethinking Civil Society, an academic project based at the University of York in collaboration with the Leverhulme Trust
A Map of Bolton Fell Moss
A nine month project in collaboration with the University of Cumbria as an Honorary Research Fellow, National England and the PLACE collective.
Mural: A Map of the Sea and the De La Warr Pavilion
A commission by The De La Warr Pavilion on the UK South Coast to create a mural of a map reflecting the Pavilion’s relationship with the
A Map of the Waterways of Oxford
An illustrated map of the waterways of Oxford showing the historic features of the city with borders of local river wildlife. Watercolour,
The Apple World
A painting showing a map of the history and culture of the apple throughout the world. Commissioned by the National Trust and the Cider Museum in
Mural: A Map of the Midsummer Stars above Brighton
I was commissioned to adapt my original ‘Map of the Winter Stars from the Northern Hemisphere’ into a mural by MMoser Associates. The
A Map of Gyptian Waterways in Oxford
I was commissioned by Badwolf to create this map prop of the waterways of Oxford for the BBC/HBO production of ‘His Dark Materials’ .
A Map of Hope Rock
I was commissioned to create this imagined island for Thames and Hudson’s ‘Archipelago; An Atlas of Imagined Islands’, edited
A Map of Eastbourne
A map of Eastbourne was commissioned and bought by Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne. Towner is an Arts Council National Collection Partner and
A Map of the Winter Skies in the Northern Hemisphere.
For centuries, even in the darkest of Paleolithic times, man has been fascinated by the stars. In an effort to understand more of his world and