Drawing Maps – Writing in the Urban Grid

These drawings are rooted in the everyday practice of walking, combining smartphone GPS tracking apps with traditional drawing mediums as a means of excavating how a line, understood as a point moving through space, can be a mark made on paper, a series of illuminated pixels, or a path made by walking.

Walking Belltown (Seattle), graphite and pastel on paper, 30″ x 40″, 2021
Walking Bellevue, graphite and pastel on paper, 30″ x 40″, 2021
A Line Amongst Other Lines, graphite and pastel on paper, 70″ x 87″, 2015

 

Map drawing of Seattle, South Lake Union personal cartography by Matthew Whitney
A large commissioned map drawing for an apartment building in South Lake Union, Seattle. 2018.