A map is it a landscape ?
I’ve always loved admiring Swiss 1:25000 scale maps,
especially because of the precision with which the
mountains are drawn. Five years ago, I began copying these maps, but
only to keep the physical information about the land that they contained, that is,
the relief and the shape of the mountains. The first works were done with the help
of tracing paper. Resulted the drawing of a map where all information relative to
toponyms, places, altitudes, etc. dissappeared... an isolated relief, without context,
something close to plans of a terra incognita.
In the last drawing I made, I evolved in my approach and interpretation of the
work. Going back to the 1:25000 scale map, a mountain which is 5cm long on
paper, is 1.5m long on the wall : the enlargement « unfolds » the landscape so
to speak. However, in this « unfolding », the map does not provide me with more
information, I must invent it : the act of drawing becomes a balancing act where
I must understand the subtle ways in which the landscape spreads out but also
interpret and even surpass the information that the map is providing. With my
hand, I travel across this chaotique scenery, trying to reproduce its coherence and
The map finally becomes a landscape seen from above.
This representaiton of the mountain seen from above eludes such
questions of localisation, scale and ascent. I am inviting the viewer to meander
in the many folds of the relief : an experience of one’s gaze making the complexe
process backwards, the process of my hand recomposing the coherence of this