Rescuing a series of tattered century old sea charts from the fate of the trash became the catalyst for Moe Taylor’s interest in merging map imagery with a painted plane. Taylor works primarily in the ancient medium of encaustic on wood panel; her paintings are a strata of tempered beeswax, oil pigment, and collaged elements. She draws much of her inspiration from the natural surroundings of the BC coast.
“Salvaged chart fragments carrying the imprints of their histories are encapsulated in the surfaces of the paintings. Map symbols are repeated in the layers, some obscured, others exposed. Impressions echoing cartographic marks are pressed, incised and scraped into the luminous surfaces, much in the same way we leave our footprints on the landscape.”