Artist Research: Ewan Eason

Whilst looking at art online, I have come across an artist of interest to me. Ewan Eason, who studied at Bath Spa University. His series of works, ‘Mappa Mundi’ (meaning Chart of the World in Latin) is an interesting idea, in which Eason has removed writing from maps to leave only the shapes of the streets, etc, thus making it into an abstract image.

David Eason, Mappa Mundi, London, Black UV treated ink on 24 Carat Gold leaf
David Eason, Mappa Mundi, London, Black UV treated ink on 24 Carat Gold leaf

He was interested in artwork by artists such as Charles Booth, who used maps and defined areas by colour, e.g. using different colours for ares more likely to commit crimes, etc.

Charles Booth, Map of London Poverty
Charles Booth, Map of London Poverty

I like the idea of taking something which is already well established and frequently used by people and giving it a different significance, e.g. by changing the use or appearance of the map. I think that Eason’s ‘Mappa Mundi’ is of interest to me because I have created art using maps as a basis before, but I have never done it in a way which is so aesthetically pleasing. The uniformity of the circles of maps in his series makes his work stand out. I feel as though it would be interesting to create more pieces using statistics as the basis for them.

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