Imagine using only the constellations to cross the ocean. The Polynesian wayfinders navigated uncharted waters using the star anchored behind them to forge ahead. My paintings also reference the past to chart a novel course. They are soulscapes, orienting identity in time.
My work bridges child and adult, archaic and modern in both material and content. Crayon scribbles are juxtaposed against sleek graphic transfers, fragile graphite lines over hefty wood panels. My work is a literal sojourn through time as I sand and scrape to reveal older layers, and a figurative one as I allude to games, childhood, and memories through primitive drawings and simple block letters. Obscured maps suggest a way forward.
My paintings are about paying attention. Looking again with wayfinder’s eyes I trace paths through new waters yet find them familiar. As G.K. Chesterton said, “Most probably we are in Eden still. It is only our eyes that have changed.”
Sarah Taylor Ko