I make maps in time and space.
The use of aerial perspective and mapping are recurring themes in my work. Comparing aeronautical navigation charts to landscape features is an exercise in translation. I make maps in my own language, using changes of scale, symbolic notation, and various materials pressed onto flatland.
BOOK MARKS PROJECT
A small library file contains obsolete library charge cards arranged in chronological order according to my encounters with the books they represent. Think of this file box as a metaphor for the brain and the cards inside as remnants of memory in the library of the mind. As I collect the cards I mark them with drawings, rubberstamping, collage and quotations encoding my peculiar recollections of each book represented. They may be selected from the file and displayed on a wall in different configurations. When the marked cards are displayed in a horizontal chronological array coupled with a vertical display by topic, they reflect the lines of inquiry that informed me as well as the culture of the times.
DOUBLE VISION PROJECT
As a youth my father built large wings and took off from a fence post. He crashed and never did learn to fly but I did. On my father’s discarded engineering plans for industrial facilities, I superimpose my renditions of early flying machines that never got off the ground…the stuff of broken dreams.
Artist Bio / CV
Barbara Page received her MFA in painting from Cornell University but learning to fly was the catalyst for her career as an artist. Her watercolors, oils, and mixed media work have been exhibited in museums and galleries in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and California and are included in numerous corporate collections. She is represented by The Oxford Gallery in Rochester, NY and is an artist member of the Center for Book Arts in NYC, where her Book Marks project was featured in 2011.
In 2003 “Rock of Ages, Sands of Time,” her series of 544 bas-relief paintings depicting the history of life, was permanently installed in The Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, NY. A book with the same title, published by The University of Chicago Press, contains color plates of the entire project.
Page recently completed two commissions for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC.