Figure - Ground Paintings

Figure - Ground studies are tools often used by architects to analyze building footprints among existing infrastructure, topography, vegetation, and surrounding structures. The maps depicted here illustrate four different cities viewed at the same aerial elevation (2500 meters), highlighting the existing architecture and balance between active & passive spaces. The maps were showed and sold at RAW Seattle's show in March 2017.

Each piece was hand-painted with oil paint on 10" x 10" canvas. London, Rome, Sydney & New York City are all places that I've visited or lived in, which made the map-making process interesting and personal.

My inspiration to create these pieces came from Giambattista Nolli, an architect who surveyed Rome between 1736 - 1748. Nolli used his survey data to create a figure-ground drawing of the entire city. The original Nolli Plan consists of 12 copper plates with the maps engraved. The Nolli Plan can be viewed here

 

Figure - ground painting: London

Figure - ground painting: London

Figure - ground painting: New York City

Figure - ground painting: New York City

Figure - ground painting: Rome

Figure - ground painting: Rome

Figure - ground painting: Sydney

Figure - ground painting: Sydney